Career transition: why not start with a skills assessment?

There are times in life when you may want to start a new professional career. There are many reasons for this. On the whole, there are steps to know and follow in order to get the best out of it. With this in mind, most people make the mistake of starting everything with a skills assessment. This is a bad idea.

Beyond professional skills…

Career transition is a project, a new life. It is wrong to say that its success depends solely on professional experience. In fact, you have to take into account your vision of life and work, your values, your needs, etc. Your environment often has more influence on your choice than your skills.

It is also important to note that you also have weak points. They can act as brakes, blockages for your projects. Your desire to retrain professionally should have manifested itself earlier, but because of your weaknesses, it has been delayed. Knowing all your professional qualities does not guarantee the success of a new career direction or a new project.

The skills assessment to initiate change

Generally, the preparation of your skills assessment is taken care of by an organisation, a company, etc. You only have to make a minimum of effort. It often happens that the beneficiary does not take action after such a procedure. The inventory should come after a commitment to retraining.

It is in the interest of an individual to list his or her professional assets in order to help solve a problem, improve a situation… In other words, the skills assessment should be an investment and a precursor of change for you.

Support in drawing up the skills assessment

A well-planned skills assessment leads to concrete results. It is not often a question of completely changing the direction of your profession. The procedure can have a goal such as taking up a more important position, becoming self-employed or setting up a business. A roadmap must be drawn up following an initiation or a desire for retraining.

Coaching is essential in order to conclude whether or not the assets acquired are sufficient to carry out any project. At the same time, an expert in the field will be able to indicate how to complete the skills and correct the weaknesses. Indeed, it is essential that your skills are consistent with a project.