We can all face barriers on our career journeys, but should we let them get in the way of our hoped-for success? No!
Be it a new career path, a promotion, or a sideways move into an area of your career that you would like to move into, you should find ways to scale those barriers that are in your way.
What are these career barriers? Well, you may be able to list a few yourself, especially if you are struggling to progress in your career. But here are a few examples that you may or may not be familiar with.
Barrier #1: A lack of qualifications
To move forward in your career, you might have to go back to school. A new qualification could get you to where you want to be, and it would certainly elevate you over other, less-qualified candidates. Of course, finding the time to get qualified can be difficult, especially when you are still working. However, there are lots of online courses available that can be completed in your own time, and that are generally quite flexible. Another issue is money, but you may be eligible for financial support (commit to a Google search online), and you might be able to find some courses that are free.
Barrier #2: A criminal record
Unfortunately, a criminal record can be held against you by other employers, but it doesn't have to be an insurmountable obstacle. Be honest about your conviction when applying for a job, and try to provide evidence that your life has turned around, perhaps with a reference from somebody who can vouch for you. If you have a criminal record, but your conviction has since been overturned, you might also seek the services of an expungement lawyer to erase your record. And work hard to get qualified, as you still might stand above other candidates when applying for a job if you have the certifications needed to impress an employer. Consider the following point too.
Barrier #3: A lack of experience
It's hard to move up the career ladder (or get your foot on it) when employers ask for types of experience that you don't have. This can be frustrating, but you can overcome this by taking on voluntary work in the field that you hope to move into. If you're a new graduate, you might want to intern for a company too, as you will get the necessary experience you need for your chosen career path. And look at your previous jobs. They might be different from the jobs you want to apply for, but it might be that you learned skills that overlap with those needed for a new position. Add them to your resume, as they might improve your chances.
Barrier #4: Being fired from a previous job
While this can be detrimental, you should still apply for positions you're interested in. If you are asked why you were fired, be honest, but try to put a positive spin on it. You might explain to your potential employer how you have learned from your mistakes, for example. And collect a range of references from different people who know of your value. While your previous employer might be less than positive, it might be that the references of others will paint you in a much better light.
These are just a few of the career barriers that might be in your way, but don't assume they are insurmountable. Follow our suggestions, and contact us if you would like any advice or support with your job search.
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