Is 2022 The Year of The Career Change?

The coronavirus pandemic has upended the lives of millions of Australian workers, with many losing their jobs or taking pay cuts, and according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, 2.7 million Australians either left the labour force, lost their job or had their hours reduced. Another study conducted by finance group ING found that as many as 3.3 million Australian adults were rethinking their careers because of the impacts COVID-19 has had on them.

While the prospects of losing your job or having your hours cut may be a daunting, many Australians are using coronavirus as an opportunity to pursue career changes and have decided to reinvent their careers through up skilling, re skilling or pursuing your passions.

Before racing back into the employment market, many Australians are using this time as an opportunity to reflect on their current career path and consider making changes. According to career educator Jennifer Luke, “What a lot of career development practitioners and career professionals are doing right now is assisting clients with looking at the data and seeing where the growth is.” TAFE Australia has recorded a surge in enrolments in certain health related fields, with healthcare and social assistance as the sector with the highest level of job vacancies. Other areas with high job vacancies include administrative and support services, retail trade, and professional, scientific and technical services, (ABC News, 2021).

Employment expert Ruth Bridgstock said while coronavirus had created necessities, it had also created opportunities. With social isolation placing greater time on our hands, many of us have now had the chance to revive projects, hobbies, or side passions, and has prompted reflection over our current career path, and whether it’s one we truly enjoy or find fulfillment in. For many, we have also realised just how precious, unpredictable, and short life can be, which is another factor drawing people towards possible career reinvention. In contrast to our previous period of normalcy, current times have spurred a momentum and drive towards change and take the leap we have long been dreaming of.

Creating a resume that reflects your change in career direction and adapting your transferable skills to apply to a new industry can be challenging, but it is a specialty area of ours. We have had the pleasure of creating resumes for many clients that focuses on their transferable skills to bridge the gap between where they are now and where they want to head in the future.

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