Where to start if you’re considering a career change during lockdown


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Careers expert Sarah Ellis shares her advice on taking control of your career during a pandemic.

you’re considering a career change
Although right now might not feel like the best time to look for a new job, it is still possible – but the first step to take is working out if a career change is right for you.
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“I would start by reflecting on why you want to make that change,” Ellis says.
“Reflect on your career so far: think about your must-haves, your nice-to-haves and your must-nots. Often, your must-haves and must-nots are easier because they are shorter lists and at either end of the scale. Your nice-to-haves become more of a wish list of all the things you would like to have in terms of how you work, where you work, what you work on – really prioritise that nice-to-have list because that will be your longest list.

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Ellis says there are two main reasons why this exercise is so helpful: finding direction and tackling comparison culture.
“One, it helps you to propel in the direction of the things you really want to spend your time doing, rather than beign detracted by the thing that I often call ‘shiny objects,’” she says. “And those lists [ …] just make you stop, pause and reflect based on all the things you know about yourself in your career so far.
“The second thing, and I think

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