What factors should female leaders ponder when considering a career change?

A step into new territory can be a daunting prospect, and although it can be all too easy to stick to what you know rather than face the fear of failure, a move into a new role or industry could prove hugely rewarding.

While patterns of job applications suggest that women are more likely to err on the side of caution, preferring to be near to or completely qualified for a role before applying – the comfort provided by years of experience is unlikely to provide further opportunities to ignite personal growth.

Your professional career is the ultimate test of adaptation and fortitude; the rewards for both candidate and company after a successful career shift are endless. Berwick Partners’ HR specialist Jane Firth shares the nine things that female leaders need to consider when thinking about a change in career.

1 Know what you want to do and why
It sounds obvious but understand your motivations, what drives you, challenges you and makes you happy. Think about where you want to be in 5 years time. Your next role should tick more of these boxes than your current role. Knowing this early on will enable you to prioritise sectors, roles and opportunities suited to your needs and will give you a point of reference when it comes to making the decision to apply.

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