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Whether taking your first steps on the job ladder or looking to change your career path, looking for a new role can be daunting. To help you with your search in 2023, we have created a quick guide to some of the most future and recession-proof jobs this year.
Changing industry or starting a new venture are pivotal moments in your career and should always be the result of careful consideration. Before opting for a career or industry change, it’s important to first reflect on your skills and personal development. Consider what your strengths and weaknesses are in your current role and the reason you are looking for a change. Are you motivated to do more, are you seeking a bigger challenge, or maybe you have become stagnant in your current career trajectory?
When moving jobs it’s easy to get caught up on developing new skills and qualifications, but what about the fundamental skills you need to succeed in any role? Here are 5 soft skills that can not only help you secure a new job, but help you progress into higher positions faster than those around you.
Communication is key in any career, but despite what some people think, communication isn’t just about getting your point across; it is about listening as much as speaking. Taking on information quickly and efficiently whilst asking the right questions means you can get on with the job without second-guessing what was asked of you.
For a business or recruiter, seeing that a candidate can be self-reliant is a huge plus. It doesn’t matter if you are remote working or as part of a team in a busy healthcare setting, taking your next step on the career ladder of your just getting started; having the confidence and self-motivation to do the job positively without the need for external help or drive can mean you are trusted for more significant responsibilities in the future and often fast-tracked for promotions over your peers.
Digital literacy for two people in two different sectors can mean two completely different things. Understanding what is essential for you and your profession is as integral as getting to know the software. Spending some time to find out what software is used in the industry and getting to know it can be why you are chosen for the position over another candidate.
If you are looking to progress, the type of software used by more senior staff members may be completely different to what you are used to. Being open to change can make the transition smoother when stepping up and taking on more responsibility.
In any job, issues will arise; it can be as simple as a team member ringing in sick on the day of the big presentation, your tech going down or an influx of patients during the night shift. However, if you can remain composed, think quickly, and adjust to the changing circumstances, you can become a valuable asset to any company.
The ability to work with a team, whether it be your immediate colleagues or those outside of your department, is integral to setting and achieving your goals. Having the emotional intelligence to understand the needs and goals of those around you will help you work closely and build stronger relationships.
A big part of teamwork is allowing others to lead in their field of expertise. Remembering that those in a senior position might not have the relevant experience required to take a leadership role in the current project is beneficial.
As all businesses continue to grow and move online, the demand for skilled marketers only increases. Digital marketing has long been one of the most in-demand jobs for businesses focused on branding and/or growth.
An experienced Digital Marketer will be responsible for driving traffic to a company’s website and filling the pipeline with leads for your sales/acquisition teams to convert. For e-commerce businesses the role of a digital marketer could be to promote a product, increase awareness or grow sales numbers and revenue.
The exciting thing about a career in marketing is the number of channels there are to specialise in. Most digital marketers will focusing on a handful of skills, however there are specialists who choose one or two disciplines to master. The most in demand skills within digital marketing are:
A level of specialism in a specific channel can be required to get the best results and improve your career prospects. The entry barrier into digital marketing can be lower than other careers on the list, as no university degree is required. However, like most careers, a degree can often help open the door to certain organisations and in some cases will be necessary.
After gaining several years of experience within their field, many digital marketers opt to start freelancing or starting their own business or agency. The transition from employed to self employed is incredibly common for digital marketers thanks to the skills you can learn along the way.
Software developers are in high demand as technology continues to play an ever-increasing role in our daily lives. They are responsible for developing and maintaining software applications and systems, including mobile apps, web apps, and desktop applications.
Software developers must have strong programming skills and a deep understanding of programming languages like Java, Python, or C++. Often developers will work in teams, so clear communication skills and analytical thinking are required especially when it comes to troubleshooting issues and bug finding. Many developers specialise in a single language, but an understanding of more is more desirable. Developers focus on a specific area, such as mobile app development, and front-end or back-end developers, with the ability to change specialisms throughout their career.
Software developers may work for companies, startups, or as freelancers and have a wide range of opportunities in industries such as finance, healthcare, and entertainment. In today’s working environment, it is commonplace for many software developers to work partially or completely remotely.
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Cyber Security Analysts play a huge role in protecting sensitive information, systems and networks. Using various online tools, these security professionals identify and fix potential vulnerabilities in a company’s system.
As well as being proactive, cyber security analysts need to be reactive to any threats or unauthorised attempts at accessing online data. This creates opportunities
Cyber security analysts work in a variety of industries, including finance, healthcare, and government, and can specialise in areas such as network security, data protection, or incident response.
There are a number of ways to start a career in cyber security, from climbing the ranks at an entry-level IT role, like a network administrator, to obtaining a degree in Cyber Security, Software Engineering, Computer Science or anything IT related. This comprehensive guide from Coursera, is a great place to find out more about starting out in Cyber Security.
There continues to be a strong call for medical professionals at all levels across the UK, with the skill shortages causing a potential healthcare crisis.
Nurse Practitioners are particularly in demand as the government looks to ease pressures on GPs (General Practitioners). Nurse Practitioners are nurses who have a number of years of experience as a qualified nurse and then have received a master’s degree through university. The role of Nurse Practitioners allows them to:
There is a vast range of healthcare jobs available for both those with and without a university degree, so if you have what it takes to join the healthcare sector, why not visit our dedicated healthcare recruitment agency, Safehands Recruitment, to see a full list of health and social care jobs.
With the rise of technology, many people are worried about losing their jobs to machines, but for data scientists, more machines means more opportunities. We recently covered how the popular AI tool ChatGPT can be utilised in recruitment and the same technology is already being adapted by dozens of industries with great levels of success.
As we progress into 2023 and new technologies become more mainstream, there will be a continued demand for data scientist work in this field, from crafting artificial intelligence and Machine Learning, to Data Analysis and Engineering.
The biggest barrier for data scientists of all levels is the challenge of keeping up with the ever-changing landscape of technology.
Whether you are looking to take the next step in your career or see how your skills can help you on a new path, our team are here to help. Our blog is full of candidate advice articles from offering CV advice, salary guidance, interview tips and more.
If you need help with your job search or would like to speak to a recruiter, you can arrange a call with one of the team by contacting us or submitting your CV easily online for a consultant to call you back.