Changing careers

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If you are thinking of changing careers or have been out of work for a while, you may need new skills, or qualifications to show skills you already have.

You may also need to improve the basic skills that employers will be looking for, such as written English, maths or computer skills.

There is support available to help you decide on your next steps.

Ask your union

If you are a member of a union, ask if they have a Learning Representative who can guide you through your options for training or gaining new qualifications. This could be training in the workplace, or at a local college or training centre.

The TUC’s UnionLearn website has information on learning opportunities,  opens link in new window

Getting advice

The nextstep careers information and advice service provides guidance on learning, skills and work. Some services may not be available to people who have more than five GCSEs or equivalent, but all nextsteps can provide free information.

Skills Development Scotland provide a free service, My world of work which has many resources and links to groups and events.

The Age and Employment Network (TAEN) is a national organisation committed to creating an effective job market for people over 50. They can point you to member organisations in your area for support in getting work or training. Visit their website, opens link in new window or call 020 7843 1590 for more information.

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