If you’re not happy in your current job, or you’re looking for a role that’s better suited to you, 2022 might be the year you decide to change careers. Sometimes this means starting over, which can be a big step. Research for SEEK shows that more than 1 in 3 people have switched to work in a completely different industry in their lives, and a further 1 in 3 would consider doing so in the future.
According to Leah Lambart, a Career Coach at Relaunch Me, many people are looking for career changes, and these are some of the most common reasons:
- Seeking more meaningful or purposeful work that ties to their interests and values.
- Seeking work that provides a better work-life balance, especially if they’re burnt out after working relentless hours for a long time.
- Returning to work after a break and realising they’re not happy in their career.
- Realising they perhaps didn’t do enough research before choosing a course or career path, then realising it doesn’t suit their personality or interest them.
- Wanting to do more creative work.
- Wanting to help others and make a positive contribution to the world.
If you fall into one of these categories, then it may be time to consider a career change. Starting over can be a daunting prospect, so it helps to have a plan and tackle one element at a time.
Do a self-assessment: Firstly, understand who you are as a person and ask yourself some questions, which can include, “Where are your natural strengths? What motivates you? What sort of people do you want to work with? What sort of work culture suits you best? And what type of work most energises you?” Write these answers down if it helps you.
Look at career options: If there are a few career options that interest you and would suit you, do research to narrow down the shortlist to find a role that suits you best right now. Refer back to what you discovered in your self-assessment to help you identify how good a fit you are for the different options you’re considering.
Research roles: Find out more about the key responsibilities in the job and the type of work environment you are looking at changing to.
Speak with others: Get in touch with people working in the role or field you’re interested in and ask if you can find out some information about what the role is really like.
Choose a course: Once you feel that you’ve done enough research turn your focus to choosing a course or area of study, if it is required. Again, you may want to speak to people in the industry you’re interested in to get their advice on the most relevant study options or qualifications you’ll need to work in the field.
Save money: You may need to have a financial buffer if you’re going to take an initial pay cut or have time away from work as part of your career change. This is particularly true if you’re returning to full-time study for several years.
When you change careers, you’re often not actually starting from scratch because you have transferable skills that you’re able to use in a new career.
Some transferable skills that can be used in a new career include:
- client management skills
- communication skills
- relationship building skills
- problem solving skills
- time management skills
- teamwork skills.
Changing careers can be daunting but can also be exciting once you start to explore your options. If you require assistance with setting yourself up for a successful career change then feel free to get in touch today to see how we can help.
Source: Independent research conducted by Nature of behalf of SEEK, interviewing 4800 Australians annually. Published November 2021.