Kick-start your 2020 job search with some ideas and inspiration…

The New Year can be the perfect time to start afresh by putting the events of the previous year behind you and looking forward to the future. If you’re in the market for a new job, then you’ll be pleased to know that January and February are busy hiring months for many companies who are back in full swing after the holidays.

Whether this is the year you’re finally going to leave a job you don’t like, go part-time or make an exciting new career change, there’s a huge pool of opportunity out there just waiting to be discovered. Why not start with 2020 as a blank canvas. What you do with it is completely up to you.

Here are a range of ideas and inspiration to help you get started…

1. Explore popular career change alternatives

It’s never too late to start a new career and no matter what your work history looks like, chances are you’ll have many transferable skills that could be used to help you start something new. Explore a few popular options including teaching, caring and civil service jobs…

2. Work part-time

Perhaps you’re looking to reduce your hours for health reasons, want to spend more time with the family or you’re just looking for a way to stay active in the community and top-up your pension. Whatever your reason for going part-time, there are plenty of different options to choose from.

3. Find a job that you can start without a qualification

Don’t have the time or money to spend on a degree or other qualification? The good news is, there are many interesting roles that provide on-the-job training to people without the relevant skills or qualifications. All you need is a willingness to learn and the right attitude for the job. 

4. Work with animals

If you’re mad about animals, then landing a job where you can hang out with them all day could be the purr-fect start to your New Year. From retraining as a Veterinary Nurse, to becoming an RSPCA Inspector or Assistance Dog Trainer; these are just a few of the many ways you could explore your passion for all creatures great and small.

5. Get out on the road

Do you love being behind the wheel? Would you enjoy a job where you’re out on the road, rather than stuck within the same four walls? All you need to get started is a full clean UK driving licence and a calm and confident attitude behind the wheel.

6. Make a difference to the lives of others

Many people say they find their work much more satisfying when they know that they are making a positive difference to the lives of others. From charity work, to handling emergency 999 calls, through to delivering babies; there are so many ways you can make your mark!

7. Explore unique roles that you may not have considered

Sometimes it can help to think more creatively about your job search, as you may come across roles that you may not have considered, or perhaps even heard of. If you haven’t found the right job for you yet, then it’s worth exploring our three-part series below, where you’ll find a total of 45 unique job ideas for you to explore.

8. Start a side hustle

A “side hustle” is a job or activity you do in your spare time to earn extra cash or test a business idea. It’s something you can often do to help top-up your income whilst you look for work, or alongside your full or part-time job. Popular ideas include setting up an Airbnb rental business or publishing your own books.

9. Travel the world

It’s not uncommon to gaze out of the office window and dream about all the exciting adventures you could be having around the world. For many of us, the closest we come to these adventures is going on holiday for a weekend or a week or two, once or twice a year. But what if you could find a job that would allow you to immerse yourself in new cities and cultures, and make those adventures last a lot longer?

10. Use your life experience

Life experience can be useful in many lines of work, but there are some where the application of skills and experience gained through years of riding life’s ups and downs can be invaluable. Many of our members have told us they are keen to find roles and opportunities where they can use their skills and experience to help impart knowledge and wisdom to others. So from Youth Worker, to Teacher to Counsellor – these roles should help you to do just that.

11. Start a business from home

Have you ever dreamt about becoming your own boss and working to a schedule that suits you? Starting a business from home is an attractive prospect for many people and you get to work in your own space. Stuck for ideas? We’ve come up with a few to help inspire you to take those first steps…

12. Make people smile

Chances are you’ll enjoy your work day so much more if you can leave knowing that you helped to put a smile on someone’s face. From making children laugh as a Children’s Entertainer to finding dogs new homes as a Rehoming and Welfare Officer, here are a few feel-good roles where you’ll be able to spread a little joy.

13. Work from home

If you’re looking to cut the commute, have a better work-life balance and work free from office distractions, then you may be much happier working from home. These 10 home-based job ideas will give you a better idea about the kind of roles that are out there.

14. Turn your favourite activity into a day job

Want to have more fun at work? Turning your passion into a day job doesn’t have to be a distant dream. Find out how you could earn money from these twelve popular pastimes.

And finally...

Sometimes the thing that stops us moving forward is the fact that we find it difficult to let go of the past. So even if your job search hasn’t been going as smoothly as you would like so far, try not to let that affect how you view you job search in 2020. This could be your best year yet!

Did you have any additional ideas or inspiration you’d like to share? Is there a particular type of role you think other members would like us to cover? We’d love to hear from you at [email protected].

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