ONE of the biggest and sometimes most neglected parts of the training market are the people who are changing careers, re-entering the workforce or, in some cases, reinventing themselves in terms of job skills, which is much like changing careers.

Training is the first, best and most reliable option for these purposes, and it can turn around your life and your job prospects.

A career change can be a worrying problem for mid-career employees. The good news is that there are excellent possibilities for a smooth transition to another career. Career changes can be well organised, fully structured, affordable and easy to achieve with the right training.

For example:

* Business marketing courses are particularly useful in any career change scenario. These are extremely portable, all-purpose qualifications in all industries. Combined with training in a new field, you can start your new career with real advantages.

* Vocational training is another option. Specialist training in areas of career interest, like cooking courses, chef courses, beauty schools, patisserie courses, hotel schools, marketing courses and hairdressing training can provide full qualifications and skills in these fields.

If you are re-entering the workforce, don’t discount your existing skills and experience. They are extremely valuable. They are also a good basis for training and career development. You can add to them with new qualifications.

For example:

* Accounting training is another highly portable, absolutely reliable qualification for any new career. Whatever industry you are in, and particularly in business-related fields, accountancy training is invaluable.

This kind of augmentation of skills and experience gives you upgraded skills, many more job options, and current standard qualifications. You can re-enter the workforce on your own terms, and not be disadvantaged by the lack of current qualifications.

It is important to investigate the job market in your field. You can see the qualifications requirements, and areas of demand for skills. The job ads and contract requirements are a virtual map of sector demands for skills.

Identify these requirements:

* Standard qualifications. Each profession has a series of common benchmark qualifications. These are easy to identify at any professional level of any industry.

* Areas of expertise. Specific requirements for many core job skills relate directly to both qualifications and experience. These are also good indicators of job quality and career potentials.

* Skills requirements. Modern job design tends to create “hybrid” jobs involving multiple skill sets. Your portable skills can find excellent job and career options for you when combined with your new qualifications.

With training, you can create a whole new set of job and career possibilities. You can design a new career, or upgrade an existing one, efficiently targeting the job market. The future is under your control.