Change of Career

Changing careers can be an opportunity to try something new and gain new skills. Have you considered changing your career to work in the funeral profession which can be highly varied, challenging and incredibly rewarding.

Are you looking for a career change?

Sometimes being in an unfulfilling job where you are not enjoying your day-to-day role leaves you feeling stuck. Often a career change can seem daunting and full of risk, but, opening your mind to other options may not be as hard as you originally thought, and by stepping into a different world, you could find that it is the best move you have ever made.

Have you considered the funeral profession?

You might know you are ready for a career change but have no idea where to start and when lacking the knowledge around different careers, this can hold you back. It might not be the first vocation that comes to mind, but a career in the funeral profession is far from the old fashioned stereotypes of black hats and crepe and is an incredibly varied and fulfilling choice. People make a career change to work in the funeral sector for many different reasons; it can often be prompted by the death of a close family member and the subsequent experience of planning and attending a funeral, or simply borne out of the desire to help others at a time of great emotional need. Whatever the reason, a career in the funeral profession is a a job in which you can make a real difference to the lives of others on a daily basis.

What are the real benefits to working as a funeral director or funeral arranger?

When working as a funeral director or funeral arranger there is a strong sense of teamwork, plus the added benefit of a job which is firmly rooted in the community. This career will involve regularly meeting new people, which can be interesting and diverse. If using your compassionate nature appeals to you, as you enjoy understanding and supporting families, this role will be suitable. A career in the funeral profession is also about arranging memorable and personalised funeral services and helping to make a difficult time a little easier.

What are the best ways to change my career?

A major benefit of changing careers can be the opportunity to try something new and gain new skills or use skills that you have developed from past careers in new ways. Sometimes putting emphasis on flexibility or a greater feeling of job satisfaction and enrichement is what makes the career change worthwhile. To enter the funeral profession, many start as funeral service team members or funeral arrangers with no relevant experience other than a strong sense of compassion, empathy and commitment. At CPJ Field we have our own training academy and a fully comprehensive induction process meaning someone with no experience can comfortably join the team and expect to learn and be supported through the necessary training to provide the highest levels of care and support for the families we serve. There are apprenticeships, awareness programmes, and certifications offered via the NAFD and BIFD. CPJ Field can help explain all the routes to choosing this career, including providing information on our own training programmes within the CPJ Academy.

Can I work on a part-time basis or casually?

At CPJ Field, we have many roles that would suit over 50’s who may be looking to return to the workforce and take on a new challenge, but who don’t want to work full-time due to other commitments.