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A New Start


After 20 years of managing people for an international oil company I have taken the plunge, left the company to pursue my dream .... to become a trainer. I have undertaken a 'Train The Trainer' course which confirmed for me that I have the skills to do this, but it's difficult to know where to start. I have no real concerns about having the ability/personality to do this, it's just knowing how to go about it in the most productive way. Any advice/suggestions would be gratefully accepted! Oh, and a sample 'Trainers' CV would be really useful. Mine tends to look a bit too 'businessy'. Thanks.
John Smith

3 Responses

  1. Highlight your skills
    You don’t say what kind of training you intend to do.

    There are quite a few organisations who are willing to take on inexperienced trainers particularly for basic skills training but the salaries may not match up to your expectations.

    If you have conducted training informally as part of your management role you need to highlight this on your CV.

    If you haven’t had much experience of training you could try volunteer work with local charities as a trainer to gain experience.

    You could try networking at your local chamber of commerce and gauging demand for your services if you intend to freelance.

    If you want to be a management trainer you should be able to relate your managerial experience alongside your shiny new training qualification to get a job.

    And so on… ad infinitum.

    I would be happy to share copies of my CV in two different formats with you if you drop me an e-mail. One of which I have had good success with and the other which hasn’t brought amazing results and I’ll explain why in the mail.

  2. Freelance?
    Are you planning to work freelance?

    If you, are offer something different and exploit all of your contacts.

    Do you you have some specialist knowledge to offer to the oil industry?

    Who can your former colleagues (including customers and suppliers) introduce you to?

    Regards Nigel Wyatt – The Self Employed Consultants’ Network

  3. CIPD?
    Hi John!

    Hats off for taking the plunge!
    It might be a detail you’ve already covered, but have you joined the CIPD yet? You’ll find some pointers about the standards to reach, best practice to display etc.
    I’m an ex teacher and 6 months into my Certificate in Training Practice. Even though it isn’t rocket science, it is helping me put both my business and teaching experience in order and in the training perspective. It definitely helps with networking (as does trainingzone, obviously) and shows the people hot on specific qualifications that you’re aware of the standards.

    I would not pretend to be able to help with the CV side of things, sorry!



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