Changing career paths? Discover what 2017 can bring


Author, poet and novelist C.S. Lewis said: “You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.”

For many, the new year provides a unique opportunity for a new start, a new beginning, and a chance to go after dreams you never thought possible. While it may be daunting, with the right guidance the idea of changing roles or professions is easier than you may think.

So, if you or a loved one is considering a significant career change in 2017, we suggest you consider these helpful tips to ensure your transition is a smooth and successful one.

Research and understand your new role

The most critical step to job transition is identifying the type of organisation or role you wish to transition to, researching your desired career path and developing a plan to achieve it.

Some questions you might like to ask yourself are:

  • What skills do I need to develop or improve?

  • What line of work do I wish to be in?

  • What type of organisation would I like to work for?

We suggest first researching this yourself. You can do this through simple online searches or professional networking sites such as LinkedIn. Here, you have the opportunity to evaluate others in similar positions or industries you wish to transition into. Consider reaching out to them if you feel comfortable asking for advice. Most will be very willing to give you some guidance. You may also wish to seek out a career adviser who will be able to provide you with a roadmap for achieving your goals.

Choose the type of education that suits you

We understand that for many, time is the most precious resource of all. Therefore, there are a number of options beyond sitting in a lecture theatre, available for your development. There are platforms that offer advice and short courses to help up-skill those looking to gain further education around a specific industry type, or who are looking to make a complete career change.

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You have the option to use traditional universities or TAFE courses, most of which now offer online short courses for you to enrol in. Alternatively, if you are looking for a simple ‘refresh’ of your current skillset or looking to add a new weapon to your arsenal, you may like to consider sites such as Lifehacks or College Review which have an excellent collection of free education resources.

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Choose the type of education that suits you

Once you have conducted your research and obtained the necessary qualifications, you’re ready to start the interview process. Before you begin, do a quick audit of your brand to ensure it is all in order. What do we mean by this?

It’s vitally important that you present yourself in the best possible light. How does resume look? Is your personal social media account showing too much? Have you managed to set up or update your LinkedIn profile? Do you have a website and, if so, is it up to date?

Employers look for consistency and will search for your brand online. Before beginning your application process, take the time to review you and ensure all of your collateral is up-to-date.

Mastering the interview process

So, you’ve made it to the interview stage, but you’re apprehensive about how to make the best possible first impression. How do you overcome this feeling of apprehension? There are a number of fantastic online resources at your disposal to help ensure you are fully prepared to tackle the interview process at any stage.

These include:

  • Glassdoor - allows you to research companies, review workers feedback and get a greater understanding as to the history, background and quirks of your potential employer. It’s worth reviewing to ensure you are both aware and prepared to handle any company-based question.

  • YouTube - has a fantastic library of industry-based mock behavioral and non-behavioural interview questions, examples and tips. It’s a great resource to get you in the interview mindset and ready to tackle a challenging interview at any stage.

Use your experience

There are a number of distinct advantages to changing jobs or career paths, the most obvious of these being life experience. In most working environments it is life experience which is highly sought after, but often lacking in most candidates.

Life experience transcends industry type, so when presenting yourself in a new environment, and to a potential new employer, don’t be afraid to demonstrate your knowledge and experience. Be proud of what you have been able to achieve, and utilise it to your full advantage.

Remember to take your time and be true to yourself. Good luck!

We wish you all a great 2017.