The pandemic has altered just about all our lives in some way, shape or form. The range of effects it has had on our working lives vary greatly.

For some, working from home has become a new norm, while others had to get used to life on furlough. A number of other people have sadly lost their jobs as restrictions have led to many businesses having to make difficult decisions.

You may be on the lookout for a new job as a result, or perhaps recent months have given you the time to reflect and decide that you’d like to forge a new path. If so, here are the things to consider.

Do you need new skills?

If you’ve trained extensively to do your current job, or you’ve been in the role for a significant amount of time, it might be the case that your skillset and CV is not naturally suited to a career change.

But that is no reason to be put off. The government’s skills assessment quiz could give you an idea of other careers that may suit if you’re looking for inspiration.

However, if you know the field you’d like to move into, have you considered what kind of training you might need before applying for roles?

This is an important step. You should consider your finances before embarking on courses, as they rarely come for free.

Is it the right time?

As previously discussed, it’s a tough time for many businesses at the moment. You might have a strong idea of the kind of work you’d like to move into, but is it a sector that is thriving or barely surviving right now?

And remember that if you’re going to be working while retraining, it’ll mean eating up your free time. It’s a serious commitment, so be sure it’s something that you really want.

Are the opportunities out there?

Before jumping into a course or handing in your notice at your current job, do some serious research.

Is your local area a hotbed for the field you’re looking to move into? If not, how far will you have to move to find the right opportunities?

As much as homeworking has become something that many employers no longer fear, proximity may be a factor in bolstering your chances of employment. Be it proximity to colleagues, clients or the sites where you will be operating.

If you’ve read through all the above and formulated a proper plan to retrain and start a new career, all that’s left to say is that we wish you the very best of luck with the change!

By Lisa Baker, Senior Editor

Senior Editor Lisa Baker is the owner of Need to See it Publishing Group, providing contract news for business and news sites across the UK. Lisa is an experienced HR writer and commentator, editing HR publications for more than 5 years.