Professional reconversion: what is it and how to succeed in it?

Lack of possibilities, a need for personal fulfillment, everyday stress, and fragile work contracts are all driving an increasing number of people to contemplate professional reconversion. As evidence, according to a survey done a while ago, one out of every three French adults stated they were willing to move jobs or industries within the year.  Are you one of the ones that are undergoing retraining? Are you considering it? Learn how to accomplish a successful professional reorientation.

Professional reconversion has become a regular and even recommended activity during one’s active life over the years. Indeed, people are now able to weigh all the advantages of such a decision, which was formerly uncommon due to the risks involved with job loss. Retraining is considered a boon not just to one’s personal life, but also as a true plus for many recruiters, who see it as a sign of an employee’s ability to adapt, question, and be daring. What do you need to know about professional reconversion, and how can you make sure it happens in the most favorable circumstances?


Professional reconversion, golden opportunity to be taken advantage of

Professional retraining is the outcome of an individual’s desire to shift employment and start a new life during the course of his or her work. Indeed, workers from all socio-professional backgrounds are increasingly willing to examine their previous decisions and seek out new vistas that will make them happier, both at work and in their personal lives.

If professional reconversion was rather frowned upon a few decades ago, it is nowadays widely encouraged and can take place within the same company or between two completely unrelated professional fields. In any case, the important thing is to think calmly about the right decision to take and, if you do decide to change jobs, to put all the chances on your side so that this conversion is a success.



Ask yourself the right questions: is professional reconversion the right solution for me?

There are good and bad reasons for professional reconversion. For example: are you sure you want to change jobs, or is it just the company that no longer suits you? To find out where the problem comes from, Catherine Fouilland, a professional coach at Akadi, advises you to refocus on yourself.

With the method of the eight quarters of life, she asks you to rate out of 10 :

1—Your professional career
2—Your family life
3—Your love life
4—Your health
5—Your hobbies
6—Your finances
7—Your personal development
8—Your physical environment

When she took the test, one teacher realized that she didn’t need a career change or a professional reconversion. “The origin of her malaise came from her character and not from her work, which she loved. Too much of a perfectionist, she had become unpleasant and had lost all confidence in herself. She needed to work on herself and change her work methods,” the coach explains.

On the other hand, in some cases, retraining or professional reconversion is necessary. This is the case of Xavier, 36 years old, former manager of a production support team in a large management company for the distribution and sale of travel services. The work overload and lack of recognition led him to a burn-out that lasted 8 months. “I was already thinking about retraining, but the burn-out finally convinced me,” he says. He turned to what he really liked to do: motorcycle mechanics.


Build a solid project through professional reconversion

Rare are the initiatives of professional reconversion that emerge without being triggered or overwhelmed by one’s current work life. Lack of chance for advancement, a need for personal fulfillment, a problem with the environment, repeated stress, and a wage that is too low… You may be compelled to change occupations for a variety of reasons. Nonetheless, it’s critical to recognize them in order to assess your goals and, as a result, specify precisely what you’re willing to accept or reject, taking into consideration your personal and familial limits…

What exactly is this fabled ideal job? The one who satisfies my desires while also meeting all of my requirements? These are the questions you should ask yourself in order to figure out which career path is ideal for you in the future for your professional reconversion. After you’ve answered this question, you can imagine yourself in each of the professions you’re considering and talk to others who work in that field. Discuss it over and again, being careful not to lose your ability to discriminate. And remember to be yourself!


Before any reorientation, explore the new market

It is critical to investigate the existing socioeconomic climate before diving headfirst into a professional reconversion. Examine the occupations, organizations, and, more broadly, the sectors of activity that are hiring in the area where you intend to work. After that, you’ll be able to respond to the employment offers that are most suitable for you.


Before taking action, rework your personal marketing

You will meet people who will ask you questions about yourself and your background as part of the process. Take the time to improve your personal marketing to make a strong first impression.
Begin by reworking your CV to emphasize your personal history and important talents. It is also critical to prepare your oral communication because it is at the interview that you will have to make a difference in your professional reconversion. You must be able to distinguish between your abilities and those required by the new job, industry, or future status. You must demonstrate that your project is well-thought-out.
Furthermore, you now have everything you need to get started and (re)discover the joy of working.

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