New job, new start

Getting on with your life now that you are divorced gives you a chance for a fresh start.  Now is the time to get back into the jobs market, to look for a more challenging career or to re-train.

dreamstime_4613121.jpgYour new life after divorce has started. In the meantime you may have moved house or you may still be in the same place but chances are that you will need to work even if you have previously been a stay at home mum (or dad).

Going back to work if you have been out of the jobs market for a while can be scary and it can be helpful to ease yourself in gently perhaps starting off part-time or brushing up on old skills through classes at your local college.

Take a course and get your CV out there
To find out about what courses your area has to offer there are many online sources such as Hotcourses.  These will point you in the right direction and they will be able to provide you with the information you need to get you started on the right course for you.  The internet is a wonderful resource for finding work and you can post your CV on one of the many online job agencies where prospective employers can match your CV to their requirements. 

Also remember to check your local papers for details of jobs in your locality.  There is a useful government site which gives lots of help and advice about looking for a new job

If you are going for a full blown career change then you are going to need to re-train but where do you start and how you find out what help is available? 

Thinking about doing something entirely different with your life is very different from deciding what that something is and may take you some time. If you are undecided about what you would like to do then you need to write down all the things you currently enjoy about work and all the things that you don’t.

Take an audit of your skills, you probobly have more than you thought
Make a list of any skills you have and how you may consider they could be put to better use. Taking your age into consideration be honest about your prospects for the future and if it is going to be worthwhile putting a lot of effort into re-training or improving the skills you already have. 

You could find yourself in an opportunity trap if your chances of benefiting significantly are going to be reduced once you take into account loss of earnings, pension contributions and mortgage repayments while you gain those extra qualifications.  Opting for a full time course at university or college may well not be feasible if you have financial commitments and/or children to take care of.  

Although it will take longer, qualifications undertaken through evening classes or the Open University may be a better option as you can fit them in around current commitments.



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