Career Change

Preparing For a Career Change

Before you change careers it is useful to reflect on your work and life to see what you enjoyed most.

Start by completing the Plan My Career section to find out more about yourself and what is important to you in your work and life.

If you’ve completed the Plan My Career section, let’s get started below on exploring the reasons why you are thinking about a career change.


Before you change careers

Why do you want to change?

Changing your career can be exciting but also daunting.

Be clear about why you want to leave your job so that you make a change that gives you more enjoyment and job satisfaction.

Common reasons for wanting a change are:

  • You feel bored and stuck
  • You’re no longer interested in the work
  • You feel undervalued
  • Re-organisation or restructure have changed your role
  • Money / Wages are not what you’d hoped
  • You feel you have no life/work balance
  • Family considerations
  • You feel you’re not making progress in the role or company
  • You’re have itchy feet and don’t wan’t to stay until you retire
  • You don’t get on with your co-workers or your manager
  • You have a dream job you’d like to make a reality!
  • You just need a change

There may be other reasons why you want a change.

Consider if anything can about your circumstances could be changed.

Before you leave your job, consider talking with your manager or boss about your concerns.

They may be able to assist and change aspects of your work so that you achieve greater job satisfaction.

What is your dream job?

Unpacking your dream job

Make a list of what you would like in your next job.

Your list could include some of the following:

  • flexible work hours
  •  less/more paperwork and admin
  •  ability to work with different kinds of people
  • being your own boss
  • variety of work locations / working outdoors
  • travelling more or less
  • further training and professional opportunities
  • job security
  •  working from home

Consider what you want to do more/less of in your new job.

What aspects of a job are really important to you?


Know your skills

It is important to know what you're good at and what you enjoy as this can help you in choosing a career that best suits you.

Think about the skills you have already established and how you can build on these skills, for example:

  • Organisational skills
  • Teaching skills
  • Driving
  • Voluntary work
  • People skills
  • Ideas and getting initiatives off the ground

Do you want a complete change or do you want to use the knowledge, skills and abilities that you have already developed?

Use the Plan My Career section to explore this further.


What's important to you?

Consider what's really important to you in a job.

It may be that one of your reasons for changing careers is to do with money/wages, but other things like having flexibility or being your own boss could be more important to you.

Identify your values further in the Plan My Career section.

If you are thinking of re-training, consider trying something before you commit to the change.

It will give you a much clearer idea of the support, cost and time commitment that you will need to do so.

You could look at volunteering in the field before you leap into training or a completely new role/

When thinking about a complete career change – consider the following:

  •  Is there training involved?
  • What is the cost of further training?
  • How long will the training course take?
  • What is the weekly time commitment to training, including study time?
  • How will re-training impact our family? How will it positively improve our lives? How will it negatively impact our lives
  • What might the financial cost be?
  • Where are the jobs located? May I have to move for my dream job?

What will it cost to change careers?

Work out your budget

In deciding to change careers, consider how a new career could impact your finances.

It is important to know where you stand financially before you embark on a new career.

Consider the wage range you can expect to earn in your new job, and whether this will cover all your current expenses. Research job advertisements to see what current or similar roles in your chosen field offer.

If you are looking to start up a small business, consider talking to existing businesses to get a good indication of the costs involved.

There may be a transition period to your new role where you are training or setting up a business – and do not have income.

You may need to consider options to cover your life and training expenses- such as using your savings or current equity, or undertaking casual or part-time work.

For training expenses you may wish to take a student loan or apply for Fee Help.

You may find that your chosen career will offer you more or less in wages. Consider how this could impact your current financial situation.

There is a budget calculator link on the left to assist you to work out your current and projected finances.


You are in charge of your future

How would you feel if you didn’t change careers?

The saying goes that you only regret what you didn’t do.

In two years’ time, five years’ time or 10 years’ time, will you regret not having made a change?

Spend some time thinking about this to help with your decision making process.

Consider your next step – Learn Locals are here to help with planning your career and training options.

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