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"The important thing to remember when looking to retrain is to match the career path with the specific training. Also, look at what jobs are available within that path. There is no point in retraining in something if there are no jobs in that field."
You have decided to get back into the labour market but you want to do something different.
 
You have life experience and decide that it is time to use this.  Many positions out there need specific qualifications so it's time for you to get back into learning and training.
 
The important thing to remember when looking to retrain is to match the career path with the specific training. Also, look at what jobs are available within that path. There is no point in retraining in something if there are no jobs in that field.  

My personal experience was similar. I had worked for years in sales. However, after a relocation to Wales I decided I wanted to help people. I started a 10 week counselling course in the evenings to see what it was all about and if I could do it. This was the first step into a brand new career. 
 
Giving a short course a try is the best way to dip your toe back into training and learning. After the 10 week course I started working with unemployed people. I was getting them into work so used my new skills well.  I then decided to take on further learning as I had the bug. So I enrolled on a 2 year course of professional qualification in counselling. During the time I completed NVQ's in advice & guidance, coaching and mentoring. All of which helped me thrive within my new job. 
 
The qualifications and training gave me the confidence within the role I was doing and helped me to perform better as a support to people along with understanding the rules and guidelines. 
 
It was a very strange move from sales but the best I ever made.
 
Retraining for a new career can be confusing. What do I want to do? How do I go about it? Can I do it? Am I too old? All questions we ask ourselves when we want to do something new. 
 
The answer is YES you can do it. You are never too old to take on a new challenge. 
 
Some tips to think of when embarking on retraining. 
  1. What role do I want to do? 
  2. Research this role. 
  3. Find the essential and desirable requirements.
  4. List what skills you have and what you need. 
  5. Consider completing a SWOT analysis.
  6. Why you would be good at this? 
  7. Speak to a professional.
There is advice and support out there and various options available to you. 
  1. Where can I retrain? 
  2. Training providers.
  3. College. 
  4. Open University.
  5. Workplace. 
  6. Online. 
The one thing you need to be is confident and always believe in yourself.
 

 

 
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