Career Changer: Smart Tactics for Changing Roles

Whether you're a career starter reconsider your path or a long-standing professional looking for something new, change is nothing to fear. Welcome to the world of a career changer, the new professional norm.

9 May 2017

These days, the career path you start on, may not be the one that you end up on. As you travel through life there are many things that can impact your job options and your career opportunities. For millennials, it is predicted they will change jobs upwards of 17 times. For the rest, changing careers is simply a growing inevitability (as highlighted in research done by Seek). This is the age of the career changer. Welcome.


Why Become a Career Changer?

What drives this? Often it comes from external sources.

Technology changes rapidly these days and can introduce a whole new industry with its own skill set and job opportunities.  We’ve seen this before in IT, marketing, digital content and others through the introduction of the internet. Life itself can bring about changes; you may have married, had children, moved countries, or a major life event may occur that makes you rethink your personal goals and plans.

Then there’s also internal change. As highlighted by Glassdoor, you may have simply lost enthusiasm, grown tired, or outgrown the options for learning and growth within your current job.

Or, as it would be for many, it can be a combination of reasons. But no matter your life stage, the first step is recognising that you want change. Maybe you want greater challenges, your values and interested have changed, or you simply don’t know what the next step should be.

Being a career changer is all about being prepared.
Being a career changer is all about being prepared.

Starting On The Path Of Change

Quite often, we already know what we want to be doing. Whether it’s becoming an artist, starting a business or changing from hospitality to horticulture, quite often the only thing stopping us is knowledge. “Where do I want to go in my career?” is

Skill up and equip yourself for career change a powerful question to ask.

Sites such as the Federal Government’s Job Outlook can give you a peek into what’s next in the job market, allowing you to be strategic as a career changer.

Increase Your Skills

Once you have an answer to this question, start gaining knowledge about what’s involved from others who already do it successfully. Start by getting onto websites like Seek or LinkedIn and do a job search in your field of interest to see what employers are asking for. Do some research on the Internet, find a forum and ask some questions or join a Meetup group and talk to others in your field of interest.

Ask people in your industry how they got to where they are and what studies you could do to accelerate your skills and knowledge. Through networking events that discuss job searches, skills needed and learning options you could find someone who can point you towards your next role.

Often, it’s the enthusiasm for the role that can help you get ahead in your new career.

Get A Head Start

Choosing a course that offers hands-on and practical learning you have the chance to learn on the job. At TAFE Queensland Brisbane many of our courses have practical components in real-life workplaces, so you can get a feel for your new career and network with industry professionals before you even start your career.

You even have the choice of doing short courses or studying online, so you can keep going at your regular day job until you have the skills you need to move on. If you’re wanting to upskill, a short course or studying online is a great way to study your way and get ahead.

Age is no barrier to career change.

Mature Age Is No Barrier

While it is going to be harder to make the change if you have financial or family responsibilities, flexible study options can make the transition smoother and less challenging. Studying after hours or on weekends can increase your skills and abilities to bring about the opportunity for change.

Tips To Help Manage Your Study Time

Here are a few tips that can help you take control of you study time and get a head start as a career changer:

  • Set a regular study appointment – treat it like any other appointment or regular commitment, like going to the gym.
  • Plan to complete assignments a week before they are due – lower your stress
  • Get help online from tutors – you can have your assignments reviewed and proof-read using student services such as Your Tutor.
  • Set time to relax as well – don’t become dull while chasing your dream.


If change is in the air, we’re here to help you navigate what that looks like. There is no better time to consider your options, pop in to see us at the Careers and Employment Expo at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre on 2 and 3 June 2017 or call our Customer Service Centre on 13 72 48 today.

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