New year, new job

New year, new job

When the New Year rolls around each year many people are quick to set New Year’s resolutions. Whether that be kicking that bad habit or starting a new one with just over a quarter of all brits set new year resolutions coming into 2020. Resolutions are usually the same most years with; more exercise, losing weight, improved diet and saving more money being a few of the regular list toppers each year. 

However “Pursuing a career ambition” comes in at ninth place in with only 11% of people set this as their new year resolutions. This is a surprising fact because as many as 19% of UK workers are unhappy with their job, a 2019 study concluded. Hopefully, in this blog, we will show you why you may want to change your job and some ways that you can do this if it is one of your New Year’s resolutions.

Why change career?

As previously mentioned over 19% of UK workers are unhappy with their job which roughly equates to around 5,250,000 working people[RV1] . This is a staggering amount and many people choose not to do anything about this if they experience unhappiness. Discontentment can take on many forms for example: not being engaged or challenged, feeling like you are undervalued or underpaid, not getting on with your co-workers, feeling like your job lacks career progression and many more. There likely won’t be one exclusive thing, rather a handful of things. The reason behind your unhappiness isn’t too important, what is important however is recognising something is not right and doing something to change your situation.

We wrote an informative blog detailing what steps you can take if you are unhappy at work that is definitely worth reading if you are considering a change in career direction. You may not even be unhappy at work and just feel like you need a new challenge or want to try something new to start the new year that will act as a catalyst for change in your life. Ask yourself what you are changing, your job, industry or career? To help you do this, it might be a good idea to check out our video titled “You don’t need to change your job, you need to change your business” Each one is vastly different and different courses of action will need to be taken for each change…

How to change job 

To change your job is likely the easiest and quickest option. This could be where you enjoy your role and responsibilities but may not enjoy where you do it. The company values may not align with your personal ones or perhaps you don’t get along with your co-workers as much as you’d like for a few examples. This is usually a straight forward fix and is the least time consuming out of the three as you most likely have the required experience and qualifications you need to change what company you work for. 

The aspect many people struggle with is sifting through vacancies and matching it with your personal goals. This is where we as a specialist financial recruiter can be very valuable. You can call us to get in touch with one of our experienced recruitment consultants who will discuss your preference and then match you up with a vacancy that matched your prerequisites. This is completely free from start to finish for you the candidate as we obtain our fee from the employer. To get in touch today see below:

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How to change the type of advice 

To change the type of advice you offer is to move within the same industry but to a different area. In financial services, for example, it is common for a Mortgage Advisor to want to make the transition to Financial Advice. Whilst they are different roles they are still in the same industry of financial services. This would entail gaining Dipfa in which you have nine months from registration to complete the course and sit the exam. That is if you pass the first time and does not include time for the job hunt or your notice period. Therefore it could take a year or more to transition from Mortgage Advice to Financial Advice fully.

Another example may be career progression, to detail a common pathway of progression is: Financial Services Admin to Paraplanner to Financial Advisor. Each new role is a progression and can require different experience and qualifications for each role. Or you can transition from working within a bank or employed role to working untied or self-employed. Something we have covered this before in our banking to brokerage blog.

How to change career 

Changing career is the toughest task out of the three as it requires starting all over again in a new industry. This can be extremely tough as sometimes you can go from a secure well-paying role to an entry-level role. With this being said, your happiness should always come before your career and as such this may be the right decision for you, to take that leap. You should also check your personal circumstance if you are in a position to be able to take a pay cut if you need to. One key part of changing career is getting qualified in the relevant qualifications. A commonly sought after qualification if you are looking to enter the Financial Services sector is CeMAP acting as the base for many roles. We have covered CeMAP in much of our content, to find how CeMAP could help your career watch the video below:

And be sure to keep an eye out for other upcoming content in other qualifications.


Many people all over the world will be hopeful that 2021 is a far better year than 2020 and one sure way to ensure this is by pursuing your career goals. Whether that be fixing problems in your current role, finding a new role, expanding your area of advice or even changing your whole career path.