If you are looking to take on some form of retraining then you will basically be looking to learn new skills. Generally this will involve learning what you need to know to do a completely different job to the one you have been doing in the past. In some cases retraining may simply add some additional skills to your current skill-set to help you do a new job that also incorporates your existing job.
People take on retraining for various reasons. These include:
- They simply want to change jobs/careers and need to learn new skills to do so.
- They lose their job and may want to retrain to find a new one.
- Their existing job is being phased out/incorporated into a new one and they need some new skills to be able to do it effectively.
- They want to go back to work after a period of being out of work (i.e. because of unemployment or being at home having kids etc) and want to make themselves more marketable with a new skills set.
Getting retraining can work in various ways. For example, you may be:
- Offered retraining by the government if you have been unemployed for a period of time and need some new skills to make yourself more marketable in job terms.
- Offered retraining by your employer after redundancy to help you find a new job as part of your redundancy package.
- Offered retraining by your employer to help you gain new skills to move into a new job, say if your current job is being phased out or if you are being encouraged to try a new one.
- Keen to retrain yourself to simply improve your overall job prospects or to move into a new career.
Many people will take on retraining courses simply because there is something that they have always wanted to do but have never had the skills for. In some cases you may simply have developed a hobby or interest over the years and then suddenly decide that you would like to turn this into a career.
So, for example, if you have always liked arranging flowers but have kept this as a hobby then you could go on a retraining course to learn how to be a florist. This would take your hobby and current interests and help you learn the skills that you need to turn it into a potential career.