Ask a career coach: how to kickstart your career after tough times

Ask a career coach: how to kickstart your career after tough times
15 June 2020    Tammy Sofranic    0 comments
2020 has been tough in so many ways. Australians have had to face several challenges collectively since the end of 2019, and we’re still holding on. All these challenges have resulted in changes to our economy, health and societal wellbeing. So how do you find the silver lining amid all the uncertainty? Career Coach Tammy shares her take on kickstarting your career plans.


Turning lemons into lemonade

It’s entirely possible to change challenges into something that will benefit you! If you use your time during this period of transition well, you could make sure that you’re first in line to kickstart your career or even boost it to the next level with a better job when things start changing for the better. Like they’re doing right now! I suggest following these three steps to help you get your career back on track after tough times.

What’s your best fit?

The first thing to focus on is figuring out which jobs and industries are best aligned with your natural talents, skills and interests. Many people spend years wandering around random jobs that are not at all suited to their skills, only to eventually find out that they would be better off doing something else. So, instead of choosing the hard way, use your time to explore what would be an ideal career for you personally. I recommend taking the 5-minute free Career Quiz on Skillsroad. This test will outline your strengths, weaknesses and, most importantly, which jobs and industries are recommended for your profile. Once you figure that out, you are ready to move to step two!

Find your natural skills

Get your google on

Step two would include researching what skills, experiences or qualifications are necessary or preferable for those jobs that are a good fit for you. For example, if your tests indicate that you would be well suited for a career in the IT sector, do some googling about what certificates may be relevant for roles in that industry. Look up job ads for such roles and check out what they look for in a candidate – so that you can slowly become such a candidate yourself.
As you go through those job ads, make sure to take notes! Write down which skills and qualifications you have that are relevant for the job, and on the other side of the paper write down which ones you need to develop or gain. For example, if you want to become a programmer it may look something like this:
Currently have:
  • Strong analytical skills
  • Intro to Java course completed
  • Basic programming course completed
Yet to gain:
  • Practical programming experience
  • Higher certificate (example cert IV in programming)
  • Improve time management skills
Now you have a very clear overview of what is already good and what needs further work to get you that job.
You could also give our nifty Job Fit Test a try – if you have one or two careers in mind that you’d like to try one day, you can test if you’re a good fit for them and find out in which areas you need to improve by doing this test. It’s fast and free, so get to it!


Get moving

The last step is all about getting a head start and making the most of your time – which basically means getting up off the couch and starting to get busy. Pick one of the points on your list that you need to gain – think a skill, certificate or experience, and start working towards that. Maybe you can find an online course, maybe you can volunteer somewhere or support a business during critical times by doing some work experience.
With lockdown restrictions easing and businesses opening their doors again, there will be an uptick in job opportunities that you can utilise to build your resumé and become the perfect candidate for employers. Keep an eye on the Skillsroad Jobs Board for a range of good entry-level roles, and don’t give up!

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 Our Career Coaches can help you for free!

Worried about the financial aspects of getting your very own career coach? We’ve got your back! Sign up for the #GetThatJob Career Coaching Program to get advice and support from our professional Career Coaches at no cost. In addition to speaking to them directly, they can also help you with the nitty gritty details of getting a job, such as writing your resumé and cover letter, applying for jobs, preparing for interviews and making a good impression. Skillsroad also offer several tests and tools that you and your coach can work through together and which will help you make the best decision for your future career.
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