A combination of qualifications and experience is more highly regarded than qualifications or experience alone. One of the biggest challenges career changers face however is how to gain experience in their chosen new career.
If you are studying, it’s likely there will be a work experience component in your course. Once completed, make sure you add your work experience placement to your CV including your duties, projects and any achievements. Choose your host employer wisely since many employers recruit new staff through work experience programmes.
Your current employer may be able to offer you opportunities as well. This can be filling in for someone on leave or taking on extra duties that help you towards your new career direction. Another way to gain experience is through volunteer work or by taking on short term work contracts outside of your normal working hours or during holidays.