Ready for a career change?
Whether you’re looking to increase your salary or gain a better work life balance, taking the time to assess your current career situation will increase your chances for a successful transition.
In this article, we will discuss some practical strategies and tools that you can use to help plan your next career move.
Why People Want A Career Change
People change careers for a variety of different reasons. According to Seek.com the top three reasons people look to make the change are:
- Increasing their earning potential: 17%
- Find something more fulfilling: 16%
- Pursue their passion: 13%
Now that COVID-19 restrictions have eased across the country, many more people are re-evaluating their lives and making career moves. In fact, almost three in five Australian workers are now considering a job change in the next year!
5 Steps To A Successful Career Change
1: Assess Your Job Satisfaction
When planning a career change it’s important to identify the key areas you like, and dislike about your current career.
To help grasp this, try answering a few specific questions such as:
- Which work tasks do I enjoy the doing most?
- What gets me excited on a day-to-day basis?
- What are my biggest wins and losses at work?
Getting your thoughts down on paper will help paint a clear picture of the things you enjoy, and the red flag areas you should try to avoid when deciding on your next career move.
2: Identify Your Career Values
Most of us want a career that motivates us, and that we feel proud of. Incorporating your core values into your decision making process is a great way to ensure you are choosing a work environment which brings you the most satisfaction possible.
Try creating a list of what you find most valuable in a working environment.
- Flexible working schedule
- Supportive team environment
- High salary
- Helping people
- Being creative
If you are finding this difficult, there are great tools available such as the Career Quiz found on Joboutlook.gov.au
This tool can help you understand your work style, and lead to exploring different careers that you might enjoy pursuing.
3: Research Career Change Opportunities
When changing careers, it can be very useful to research the current job market. Taking advantage of major job boards such as Seek and Indeed enables you to discover the most in demand jobs and opportunities available.
Looking through the job advertisements on these platforms also gives you great insights into the skills and training required to transition into your new career.
4: Consider Gaining Qualifications
Gaining formal qualifications can help bridge the gap between your existing work experience and the skills and knowledge required to enter your new field.
Getting quality training and adding qualifications to your resume shows employers you have the skills and knowledge to get the job done.
We believe gaining formal qualifications is one of the best ways to open exciting new career opportunities and position yourself for a career change.
Choosing the right training provider when changing careers
At times it can be difficult to compare one training provider and another, as many people simply don’t know what to look for. However, these differences are key to ensuring your chosen provider matches your learning style and lifestyle.
To help you with this process we have prepared a Free Checklist of the features and benefits of training with Global Training Institute, so you can draw your own comparisons with other organisations and make a clear decision.
5: Stand Out From The Crowd
When changing careers it’s important to understand there will be many people applying for the same position. Competition can be fierce!
This means preparing your resume and cover letter is key to standing out from the crowd and getting your next job interview.
Your resume and cover letter should speak to what employers are looking for. Be sure to feature any transferable skills that relate to the new role, and highlight the link between your previous experience and the skills required for the role.
List your accomplishments and explain how your previous experience has positioned you to be successful in making this transition.
Looking to move up in your career?
Here at Global Training Institute, we provide 100% online training that lets you study when and wherever you want – day, night, or weekend!
Whether you’re working long days or juggling busy family life, there has never been an easier time to turn your existing skills into formal qualifications.
Get in touch with one of our course advisors on 1800 998 500 and see how gaining a formal qualification can help you with your career today.