Closer, July 2022: How to get out of a dead-end job

How to get out of a dead-end job

City CV CEO & Founder, Victoria McLean, featured in the Closer article: How to get out of a dead-end job, in July 2022.

Below is a short excerpt.


If your working day feels like one long clock-watching exercise, here’s how to open up a whole new world of career opportunities.

Do you race to work, enthused and excited? If not, you’re not alone; a study from PricewaterhouseCoopers found that among non-managerial UK workers, only one in five is very satisfied with their role. Other research by the Open University found that 45 per cent of 20 to 35-year-olds feel trapped in a job they can’t stand and over a third are desperate to quit but can’t afford to. Here’s how to wave goodbye to a dead-end job.

Pinpoint what you’re aiming for. If you’re looking to make a career change, Victoria McLean, CEO and founder of award-winning career consultancy citycv.com, recommends checking out online career quizzes, such as beta.nationalcareer.service.gov.uk for inspiration. “When you’re deciding about jobs, think about what you enjoy and what you’ve loved in the past and what career success might look like for you,” says Victoria. “That might be in terms of salary, but also work/life balance. What about the type of company you want to work for? Do they offer flexible working? Further training? All of this is relevant.”

Don’t have the right skills for your dream job and worry now isn’t the time to be shelling out on training courses? A lot of online options are completely free or affordable. “YouTube is a good place to start,” says Victoria. “Google offers a lot of free digital marketing courses. Meanwhile, marketing, communications, writing and programming courses are among the easiest to access for free, but there are also online resources for learning a new language and even starting your own business. Website edx.org/ offers free online courses from Harvard and MiT, for example.”

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When you know the sort of job or career you want, Victoria says don’t neglect more conventional ways of snaring a new role. “Websites like Indeed and Monster are good ways to start finding open roles, as are recruitment agencies that specialise in your sector. Register and keep in touch so you’re in mind when relevant roles arise,” she says. “Also, identify specific companies you’d like to work for and contact their HR teams to enquire about vacancies.”

The article can be read in full here.

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