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Changing Careers – Financial Services to Recruitment  by Kevin Halligan 

Changing career is a tough decision to make, particularly if you have spent a number of years in the same job or industry.

It can be daunting and there are a lot of factors to consider. After several years in Financial Services I felt it was time for me to make a move. I’d worked in some great companies within the industry and gained great experience but I didn’t think a lateral move into another middle office role would give me the job satisfaction which I was looking for.

I’d long considered a move into Recruitment and when I got the opportunity to join Azon I jumped at the chance. One aspect of my earlier career which I had always enjoyed was the client interaction and a huge part of the role as a Recruitment Consultant is about building relationships, both with client and candidates. You are talking to and meeting with people on a daily basis and it is extremely rewarding when you successfully match a client and candidate.

There was a steep learning curve in the beginning but my previous experience in Financial Services has given me a great insight into the industry and put me in a strong position to recruit effectively in that market.

No matter how much research and thought you put into the move there is always going to be a degree of uncertainty and an element of risk, thankfully for me the risk has paid off and I haven’t looked back since. When making a career change it is important to consider if the knowledge and skills you have built up in previous roles are transferable.

You need to research the new industry and find out as much as you can about what the role actually involves, do you know anyone doing that job now who you can ask for advice? Think about what you might like your next career step to be after this and what your ultimate goal is, would this change help you achieve that?

Once you have made the decision to do it, a career change can be exciting and exhilarating, it is certainly one I am glad I made!

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