How was your 2017? If you’re not excited about everything you achieved last year, perhaps it’s time to start thinking about a new career?
Trying something new doesn’t have to feel like diving off a cliff. Follow our tips below and you’ll be able to make the best possible decision for your career.
- Decide what you really want to be doing each day at work?
Everyone will have a different answer to this, so try to be honest with yourself about what the best career will be for you specifically. Do you like working with people? Are you looking for a role where you can make a real difference in people’s lives? Do you want to work in an industry where there’s plenty of opportunity for growth, both personal and professional?
- Investigate your job prospects in your chosen industry?
While everyone should always follow their dreams, there might be a few hurdles if you’re aiming to become the King or Queen of England. Have a look around online to find out the job prospects for an industry so you can decide if it’s worth your while. For instance, did you know that Healthcare and Social Assistance is the fastest growing industry in Australia?
- Find out what you need to get qualified
Becoming an astronaut sounds exciting until you consider you’ll need a PhD, years of military experience and 10,000 hours in a jet simulator just to apply. Most jobs these days require some form of minimum qualification but some of these courses can be completed in as little as 3-6 months. Many VET qualifications also offer you the chance to undertake practical placement in a real workplace – the perfect opportunity to potentially land your first job!
- Decide where to study
Depending on the qualification you choose, there could be a wide range of options for where you can study. Some course providers will specialise in a specific industry which means their teachers are particularly experienced in your chosen field. Find out what links they have to the industry and what arrangements are available for undertaking practical placements and work experience. They may also be able offer you government funding for your fees.
- Back yourself
This might sound simple, but it’s the number one reason people never make the decision to start a new career. You might get advice from your family, friends or workmates about what you should do, but ultimately, the decision is yours. You’ll never know unless you give something a try and even if it doesn’t work out in the long run, you’ll have another qualification and plenty of experience you can take into the next career you try!
If you’re thinking about a new career in aged and disability care, early childhood or community services, get in touch with us today to have a chat about your options and what you’d like to do. We’ll be here whenever you’re ready to kick start your exciting new career as a Care Crusader!