How do I switch from night to day?

01 September 2004
How do I switch from night to day?



Johnny Johnson, communications manager, HCTC:

This should be a straightforward move Á¢Â€Â" all you need to do is tell your manager that youÁ¢Â€Â™d like to change.

IÁ¢Â€Â™d be surprised if you havenÁ¢Â€Â™t done this already. In your current role, you are ideally placed to apply for daytime vacancies as they arise.

If you havenÁ¢Â€Â™t already done this, IÁ¢Â€Â™d say youÁ¢Â€Â™re suffering from a lack of confidence in your abilities and, having been in a role for 13 years, have become stuck in a rut. With your long experience, youÁ¢Â€Â™ve every reason to make the transition easily, so go ahead and make it. ItÁ¢Â€Â™s up to you and itÁ¢Â€Â™s not as hard as you think.

!](Á‚ Jane Sunley, managing director, Learnpurple: As long as you can show that the skills and attributes you have honed over your 13 years in night management can be put to good use during the day shifts, then go and talk with your employer about your aspirations. If there arenÁ¢Â€Â™t any opportunities with your current company, have a look on and contact a good recruitment consultancy, which will assist you by selling your good points to suitable employers. Good luck.
Lesley Reynolds, chief executive, Portfolio International:
Have you really survived on nights for 13 years? All I would do is ask. I would expect that your employers are pinching themselves that they have had the good fortune to have this consistency in a notoriously difficult role for this length of time, and therefore will expect you to pop the question, ultimately. Otherwise, all the experience you have is totally transferable. If you are unfortunate enough not to be offered a day job by your present employer, you will most likely, if your CV and references are as good as they sound, have no difficulty finding new employers. Each week, our expert panel will answer your career questions. If youÁ¢Â€Â™d like to submit a question, send it to .
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