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How To: Manage Risk When Changing Careers

  • Publish Date: Posted over 6 years ago
  • Author:by VANRATH

As a fresh faced graduate, many of us approach our careers with a sense of excitement, apply with boundless enthusiasm at large. As our careers progress, and our experience and connections deepen, the prospect of moving on to new opportunities can be laced with concern.

Our working lives demand the greatest amount of our waking hours, as well as the largest proportion of our week's energies; the careers we build are, essentially, one of our most valuable commodities. As we mature, and grow to understand what we want for the future, the prospect of changing careers can potentially hold many unknowns and risks: Will the new role help develop the skill sets you value? Will the new team and working environment allow a good culture fit? Will your new business allow you to grow and develop within the role? Could your current employer discover that you are searching for a new position- and how may that impact your current job?

As Northern Ireland's leading recruitment consultancy, VANRATH completely understand the reservations that can sometimes inhibit our candidates from looking for new positions. Indeed, the knowledge we have built over 18 years of placing candidates in the provinces best businesses has clearly taught us one key thing: it is essential that movements within careers are carefully managed, in order to allow them to progress and flourish.

VANRATH have 3 key ways of ensuring that we mitigate the risks associated with our candidates making a career change - allowing them to enjoy all the advantages that a new role can provide.


Ensuring the privacy of our candidates is a cornerstone of VANRATH's company ethos. Working in Northern Ireland, we understand the closely knit, overlapping networks that successful business people have. All our consultants are dedicated to treating our candidate's applications with utmost discretion: we will always check if our candidate can talk freely when we call, we will take meetings out of business hour (to avoid the awkwardness of having to leave work) and we will never send out our candidates CV's without talking to them first.


Our consultants have expert, up-to-the-moment knowledge on current and upcoming career opportunities, including new foreign direct investors who are setting up new offices in Northern Ireland. They are also equipped with first hand understandings on the state of the job market, and the industries they recruit for. This makes them perfectly placed to advise those looking to make a career change, helping to ensure that they make an informed, calculated and career building choices.


VANRATH is proud to have spent the last 18 years working with Northern Ireland's Top 100 companies, as well as small SME's. Our business is built on relationships, and we are pleased to have forged contacts with the hiring managers and key decision makers in the most successful enterprises across the province. When candidates work with us, we help make these discreet introductions, simplifying and smoothing the transition process.

To find out more about how VANRATH can help expertly manage your career, and discover the career opportunities we currently have on offer, please call us on 02890 330250, or email

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