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By knowing yourself well you will increase your chances of making a successful career change. If you deeply understand the aspects of work life that you find fulfilling, the level of responsibility that you thrive on, and the environmental factors that satisfy you, then you begin to know who you are in relation to your work.

How do you do this? Simply develop your own criteria list for your ideal work situation. This involves recognising all the factors that you genuinely like or have liked about any work you have done, factors such as the type of people you like to work with, the environment you enjoy being in, physical activity and the level of interpersonal interaction.

You must also consider your personal strengths and skills. Unless things are absolutely desperate, you should not work in a career that does not suit your personal strengths and skills as it is unlikely that you will be happy or even productive. if you are able to find something that truly fulfils you and allows you to work within the criteria that you developed, in conjunction with your long-term career ambitions, you are giving yourself the best possible chance of success.

You have innate skills that you can apply to your career transition. What is it that you love to do? Know this and apply this and you will soon attract to you a career that fits your criteria and you will have a successful career change.

When being interviewed, you are ac8ually interviewing the interviewer as well, without them realising it! You need to decide if the job that they are offering actually suits your needs, as much as they need to decide if you will meet their needs.

Good self-knowledge enables you to choose wisely which path you wish to take. Know yourself well to be able to live your career dreams!

It is so easy to be overly optimistic, or even overly pessimistic if you do not have a good understanding of the realities that you are facing in your career change. Write down your true skills and honestly evaluate if your skills and experience are a good match for the work you are seeking and for any job advertisement which you are considering. If there's a good match then go for it! If there isn't, there is little point in applying for that job. You will be wasting your time and that of the person whose task is to review your application.

Have clear and precise goals, enhanced by some optimism and you will find yourself attracting success. Clarity of your goals is essential because if you know what you want, you will recognise it if the job is advertised or if you hear about the opportunity through your network. However, if you can't really explain to someone the sort of work that you ideally want to be doing then you probably aren't ready to start making your career change yet.

Do you have a deep understanding of the current labour market in your area of expertise? it is important to do some research and find out about salaries, conditions and current job descriptions in your industry to ensure you are up to date with what is expected of you. So often people apply for jobs and have their blinkers on to the reality of the labour market, then they wonder why they have difficulty getting work. The old dating adage "It's not you, it's me" so often applies to job applications. When people are unsuccessful in their applications it is easy to internalize it and perceive the rejection as failure. Yet usually it is just that they were not what the employer wanted, and if they'd read the advertisement properly they'd have realised that!

With determination and talent, complemented by strong employability skills, you can reach your ambitions. However, you need to be realistic and maintain your optimism, knowing you have done all you can do to improve your chances of a successful career change. Arm yourself awareness of the job market in your indsutry and deep self-knowledge and you will achieve your career dreams.