Seeking a career change at 40? Here’s some useful tips!

Job vacancies in the UK are at their highest levels as the labour market continues its recovery.

But during these strange times there may be fantastic opportunities to shift your career in a different direction. And there is never an age cap on a career change!

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But before rushing headlong into any major decision, it is important that you don’t make any rash decisions.

No matter how unhappy you may be in your current job, try if you can not to walk out on your role without having a solid transition plan in place. 

Have a back-up plan and a clear idea of what route you want to take.

If you’re struggling to find out what jobs are in demand post-pandemic, here’s some useful information to help you out!

This is difficult but staying positive is absolutely key. A career change at 40 or over is never easy and can lead to stress and anxiety. Confidence is also vital. Believe in yourself and your ability to adapt and/or improve.

Another important tip is to stay in tune with the ever-changing and growing demands of technology or industry trends and standards. 

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If you show a keen interest in your industry, this will only impress your prospective employers. 

The pandemic has undoubtedly changed everything and the job market has also not been immune to Covid.

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Job vacancies across the UK have hit a record high as businesses up and down the country scramble to find staff to meet the shortfall prompted by the pandemic and Brexit.

According to The Office for National Statistics (ONS), job vacancies climbed to 1.1 million in the three months leading into September with the surge being visible in most sectors.

That’s an increase of 318,000 from its pre-pandemic (January to March 2020) level and the second consecutive month that the three-month average has risen over one million and amounts to around 1 in 27 of all jobs in the UK currently remaining vacant. 

Many economists argue that many people are unqualified or in some cases unwilling to take up these job vacancies and the government must reevaluate its post-Brexit strategies to address the current labour shortages that they fear could drive certain businesses into the ground.

Others argue that a serious investment is needed to up-skill certain unemployed groups or to make less desirable professions more attractive.

As the labour market continues to slowly crawl itself back to recovery, the biggest demand for staff has been seen by shop owners, the motoring industry and wholesalers. 

The number of payroll employees showed another monthly increase, up 207,000 to a record 29.2 million in September 2021, returning to pre-pandemic (February 2020) levels.

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The UK's employment rate saw an increase of 0.5 percentage points on the quarter to 75.3%. The unemployment rate, however, took a dive of 0.4 percentage points to 4.5%.
 
Chancellor Rishi Sunak had described the recent figures as “encouraging” as the government prepared to move into the next stage of support, post-furlough. 

Despite his optimism, the figures cannot hide the fact that the workforce is still significantly smaller than it was before the pandemic hit.

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