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 change is the norm. The path you start on, may not be the one you’re walking on in three to five years time. 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). Welcome to the age of the career changer.

Why Become a Career Changer?

The first thing you might ask is – what drives this? Often it comes from any number of external sources.

Technology changes rapidly these days, shifting the necessary skills of established fields as well as launching new ones.  We’ve seen this before in IT, marketing, digital content and others through the introduction of the internet. Personally, life itself can bring about changes; you may get married, have children, move countries, causing you to rethink what and how of your career in terms of how it complements your life as a whole.

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

Or, it can simply be a combination of reasons. But no matter what life stage you are at, the first step is recognising that you want to change careers.

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 industries, quite often the only thing stopping us is the knowledge of what and how. The first big step on your path to change is research – look into the industries you are considering, the skills required and the experience needed.

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

Increase Your Skills

Once you have an answer to this question, start gaining knowledge about the “how” of the change from those you want to emulate. You could start by getting onto websites like Seek or LinkedIn to do a job search in your field of interest. Do some research on the broader Internet, where you can find forums and industry groups. Alternatively, you can join a Meetup group and talk to others in the same situation or who you wish to work with.

If are considering a shift within your existing business or overall industry, there is the option of asking others in your industry how they got to where they are and what studies you could do to match their success.

Get a head start

Once you are fully informed as to what it takes to make change happen, it’s time to put your plan into action. 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

When shifting in your current industry, choosing a course that offers hands-on and practical learning you have the chance to learn on the job. Vocational institutions provide courses packed with practical components that are based on real-life workplaces – so you can get a feel for your new career and network with industry professionals before you even start your career.

For anyone looking to attempt a bigger change while maintaining a regular income, you have the choice of doing short courses, recognition of prior learning and/or studying online These options will allow you to keep going at your regular day job until you have the skills you need to move on.

Age is no barrier to career change.

Age is not a 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; this includes programs dedicated to bridging gaps between high school learning and tertiary course expectations.

Tips to help manage your study time

Here are a few tips that can help you take control of your 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, call our Customer Service Centre on 13 72 48 today to find out how we can help you.

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