Month: February 2021

Career Transition: Turning a New Leaf in your Career

Career Transition

Having a career that you find engaging and enjoyable is extremely important within our society. When on average, we dedicate approximately 40 hours a week to this career; we want it to be as fulfilling as it can be. Otherwise, being in the wrong career can damage our mental health, and may not give us the resources we need for our daily life. When this is the case, what is the best path of action to take? Well sometimes the best answer is the one that’s sat right in front of you; that is a career transition.

Being in the wrong career – a common scenario

To feel you’re in the wrong career is a fairly common sentiment. According to this article from The Gazette, more than half of UK employees were hoping to move jobs in 2020. In reality, we’ve all been made to make a choice on a career at a relatively young age. An age where we’re still trying to find out who we are, what our interests are and our defining skills. Though at this age, this can change dramatically within a few years or even decades. At which point we can suddenly find ourselves in a career or life-path; one we don’t have an interest in anymore. From here the decision to make a career transition has to be made. Though just making this decision by itself is no easy task either. 

Making that first step into a career transition

Making the choice to career transition is a tough one. There are many apprehensions that would be running through one’s mind when considering it. Transitioning can seem like a leap of faith, but there are considerations to take into account to make this leap easier. If your current career path is negatively affecting your mental health, then a career transition is paramount to keeping your headspace in good shape. There is also a phenomenon called a sunk cost fallacy. This is where you don’t want to leave or let go of something. Mainly due to the resources you’ve already dedicated towards it. So, this would be your time and relevant skills you’ve acquired within your career. However, it’s worth keeping in mind that these resources you’ve invested in your current career would not be lost, but rather are a stable stepping stone into a brighter career. 

The ways to transition successfully

Once this decision has been made, you can look on how best to make sure your career transition is a successful one. The first step would be to look at any transferrable skills that you may have. These are skills that you’ve gained through your current employment, that would translate well over to the next career you had in mind. The idea is to make yourself as desirable as possible to any potential recruiters within this new career. If there are skills that are missing though, the best option is to look at training opportunities. 

Training opportunities are a great way to acquire any skills or qualifications that you may need to have a successful career transition. Though there’s a common misconception that they are either too expensive or will take up too much of your time. In reality you can get a host of training courses that are completely free and will only take a few hours to complete. Our app prides itself on the vast array of different training opportunities we provide, that fit these criteria. We feature over 1000 unique training courses from the open university on our app, which are all completely free to the user. The majority of these take less than 12 hours to complete; so it’s worth giving them a go, even if you aren’t looking to do a career transition. 

Transition within your head, as well as your career

It is also vastly important that you keep a humble attitude whilst transitioning. You may have gotten quite far up the corporate ladder in your current career, but that isn’t to say you’ll be entering your new career at the same level. Being aware of this will save you disappointment in the long run, as it may feel you’re starting on the back-foot compared to your previous position. When really, your dedication towards this transition will be much better in the long run. That’s the most important aspect when going through a career transition. The attitude you have towards it will dictate how smoothly it plays out and can save a lot of stress.

After the transition

Once you have successfully completed your career transition, the results should be noticed very quickly. For one, your mental health should increase dramatically. Having a fresh start in any activity is enough to keep ones mind active and engaged; but when combined with starting in a career you have a vested interest in, it can have fantastic results. This will always been the most important benefit for a career transition; however, there could be additional benefits depending on the career and company you have entered.

Depending on the industry, the opportunity to climb the ranks and earn more money may be available. Though this won’t be a priority to everyone and shouldn’t be the sole dictator for which career you want to transition into. You may also gain company specific benefits within a new career, benefits that can include: private healthcare, gym memberships, free lunches, free counselling, etc. The list can go on. So it’s important to do your research beforehand, to see how you can benefit from joining this company.

In conclusion

Though a career transition can seem like an incredibly daunting task; it can prove to have miraculous results for both your mental health, and future prospects. When fully engaged with your career, you’ll strive to keep on improving and raising the bar of your productivity, whilst also keeping your mind active and happy. Although this is a task that only you can decide on, you can utilise tools to research and plan your best strategy for doing so. Our app is one of these tools, including everything you’ll need to plan accordingly. From relevant training and volunteering opportunities, a coaching suite to learn new tips and tricks, a page to gain insights into various industries, and a jobs board to finally make that last step. So be sure to use the app if you ever plan your own career transition.

The Unconscious Bias of Diversity Within Recruitment

imployable Diversity

The term workplace diversity has become a very hot topic among the majority of companies. Particularly so within recruitment. In the present day, when many large companies are looking to recruit, they’ll try to find ways to diversify their workforce wherever possible. But why is this the case? And how can you implement it within your own company? 

Our country has been absorbing a vast array of various cultures and beliefs over the past half century, and that should translate into our workforce. Especially so as not everyone has had the same equal opportunities in the past; caused from any factors such as the colour of their skin, or the beliefs that they have held. This is an ugly side of history. But nowadays we want to change that, and make sure everyone has the same opportunities.

What is diversity?

So, what exactly is diversity? In the basic sense, it’s having a wide range of backgrounds within your workforce; through any of the various aspects of their being, such as:

  • race,
  • religion,
  • sexual orientation, 
  • gender identity,
  • social class, 
  • age
  • disability

The common consensus is that by having all of these varying backgrounds, you can get all manners of viewpoints and ideas, learned from the individual’s personal experiences or cultures. That way when tackling any potential tough issues, you can attack it from many different angles or thought processes. 

Now to face an ugly truth; our society still has a long way to go to be a completely fair community for all backgrounds. We’re improving but many prejudices can still be found, in both the general news and recruitment. At times these prejudices are acted upon intentionally, which is truly abhorrent and has no place within the world. But other times it may be acted upon unconsciously, an unfortunate heredity passed on from a bygone era. This is called unconscious bias, and it can still rear its head from time to time. 

What is unconscious bias?

In a brief description, unconscious bias is when you may gravitate towards candidates that share characteristics that you may also have or believe in. This could be anything from their physical appearance, religious or political beliefs, gender, social class, etc. At times an employer may experience this as they are unaware how best to interact and relate with someone who hasn’t had the same experiences as them. So they’ll look to hire someone who is similar and remain within their bubble. 

You may or may not be certain you hold no unconscious biases; however, it’s extremely important to be aware of it and to reflect if you may be acting upon it. Human beings are very prone to snap decisions, and making judgements on first impressions. So try to acknowledge this and slow down with your thought process. This will help you to really consider the candidates application, and their relevant qualifications and experiences. 

Using imployable to help beat unconscious bias

We’re proud that our app helps negate any unconscious bias that a potential employer may have. As our app fits candidates to jobs based on a percentage of their skills, qualifications, and experience; rather than any outlier factors that the candidates possess, which may skew an employer’s unconscious bias. Once that initial first impression has been set after an application has been considered; an employer would be harder to sway and act upon any unconscious bias they may hold. 

Though that’s not to say that it’s 100% fool proof. We’re all wired differently at the end of the day, and unfortunately some employers will act upon their unconscious bias more readily than others. In which case, there aren’t many external methods to fix that; the only course of action that could be taken is for the employer in question to explore their internal headspace, with some assistance, to pinpoint why they would act upon these biases, and then look to change them. 

Diversity within your company

So, the message that’s to be conveyed in this blog is to always consider the existence of unconscious bias, and to ponder on whether or not you may be acting upon it when recruiting. To have a diverse workforce will prove to be very beneficial in the long run, for both you and your employees. In both the various beliefs and thought processes that can guide your company through many issues, and the fact that other companies and institutes respect having a diverse range of employees. There are even statistics to support these claims. According to an article published by Forbes, ‘Inclusive teams make better business decisions up to 87% of the time.’. This proves that workplace diversity is beneficial to both parties involved. 

However, when acting upon these unconscious biases; you can prevent having these perks for your company, and instead just be locked within one thought process. Which may not always work for some situations. So always remember to consider the person as a whole, rather than specific attributes of their being.