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The 5 key stages of professional reconversion

According to a survey carried out by Opinion Way for AFPA, 60% of employees have already changed jobs or sectors. The time when people remained loyal to the same company all their lives, until they retired, is now over. In fact, out of a desire for fulfilment or because of professional constraints, professional reconversion has become commonplace. Moreover, the confinement has revealed in some people a desire for professional reconversion. However, it is not always easy to make the transition and it remains a complicated experience.

First of all, in order to embark on a professional reconversion, you must of course take the time to think about your project carefully. To do this, you must first get to know yourself better, take stock of your current situation and then determine and understand the reasons that make you want to change careers. You can then ask yourself questions such as: What do I no longer like about my job? What do I still like about my job that I want to get back? What is it that makes me think about this? What is really important to me? Am I sure of my choice to go through with this conversion?

With all these questions, you will have a lot of ideas in your head, so you should organise them and draw up a table with the advantages and disadvantages.

Secondly, it is better to be accompanied in this change once your choice has been made. For example, you can carry out a skills assessment. This allows you to take stock of your career, your skills and your motivations. This assessment helps you to take a step back, to open up to new perspectives and to become a player in your career by defining the next steps in concrete terms. The skills assessment can be carried out by a training organisation.

Thirdly, you must now find your way. The first two stages will have given you clues about new professions according to your desires. This third stage therefore consists of finding out about the different possibilities open to you. In fact, you need to be able to see the reality of these occupations in order to get away from the idea that you had before. By researching the different occupations, you can identify the skills required and compare them with your current skills. You will also need to find out about trends in the market you are targeting and job opportunities in that sector.

Fourth, to achieve your goals, you will need to go through vocational training. Don't worry, you can train throughout your career. Indeed, now that you are aware of your skills and those that you need to acquire to exercise your dream job, all that remains is to train. To do this, many training organisations exist and offer training courses of varying lengths, both face-to-face and distance learning. Some organisations offer personalised support during your training cycle so that you feel at ease and that you have a contact person who can answer all your questions.

The fifth and final stage is dedicated to the completion of your career transition project. Now that you have thought about your future, taken stock of your skills, found THE job you want to do and completed the necessary training, it is time to get started! Get your CVs and cover letters ready, companies are waiting for you! Your professional retraining will be a real asset. Indeed, it highlights your motivation and perseverance.

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