Almost every job requires training. If you can gain the relevant experience or knowledge before you’ve even set foot in the interview, then you’re one step ahead of the game.
Employers want to know you’ll be able to manage your work confidently and that it’s the right job for you. Whilst some people are fast on their feet and need a job that will keep them moving, others prefer problem solving and testing their intellect. Whatever you’re suited to, having the relevant training will prove it – showing your employer you have the skills they need.
If there’s a career you’re interested in but you don’t currently have the qualifications or experience required, don’t write it off. Find out how to get there, whether or not it’s realistic, and whether it’s worth going for. If you want it enough, find out how to make it possible and go for it.
So, what kind of training is available? For most jobs, there is almost always more than one route to go down. If you need to gain qualifications, it doesn’t have to mean sitting in a classroom. With home-learning courses, evening classes, and practical assessments available, there are many options out there. If you have a family to support, quitting work and moving away to University might not be possible, but you could find part-time work alongside studying at home.
If you struggle to sit down and study, it’s worth looking at other ways to gain experience. Engaging in volunteer work is often equally as valued, and with a good recommendation to back you up, you’re in with a good chance of getting that dream job. How you gain volunteer experience is completely up to you. Whether it’s spending a few hours a week helping at an animal shelter or devoting an entire month to it, you can do whatever works best for you.
As you train, make sure you set yourself constant goals. Keep that long-term target in sight. It will give you the motivation you need to keep working that part-time job alongside, going to those evening classes or completing that home-learning course.
Remember, it’s never too late to gain the experience you need for that job or career change. Completing the relevant training is a great place to start, as it’ll give you confidence, ability and determination.
If you struggle to set goals, aren’t sure what field you’d like to work in or even where to begin looking for jobs, don’t worry. You’re not alone. CAP Job Clubs are here to help. They will teach you vital skills whether it’s building confidence or communicating with employers. For more information check out capjobclubs.org or call your local 0800 328 0006.
Written by Kimberley Taylor