Changing Careers

Changing Careers

It’s not easy figuring out what you want to ‘be’ and ‘do with your life.’ A lot of pressure is put on you at a young age by parents, teachers, friends and family to find a career and it’s not easy to make the right decision first time round. It’s ok to decide to change careers and choose something else down the line. We spend approx. 90,000 hours at work in a lifetime so it should be something that you enjoy!


Seeking career advice / self assess

Before you jump into a new career, it’s important to assess what is important to you and what you want in your new career. Think about what you did/didn’t like about your current job and think about what you want.
Using online tools can also help and you’ve come to the right place! Skillsroad tools can be helpful for students looking to get into the workforce but can also apply to anyone looking to change careers too!

Start your career journey again:

  • Take the Career Quiz – find a career pathway that matches your natural, free flowing skills so you can make the right choice!
  • Take the Job Fit Test – The Skillsroad Job Fit Test assesses your competencies and knowledge across two key areas required for career success, ‘Work Readiness’ (your knowledge of how to act and operate in a workplace) and secondly your ‘Job Fitness’ against the selected jobs that tickle your interest.
  • Search Careers – research over 350 career profiles and match this against your Career Quiz results to see what interests you
  • Update your resume – Revisit your resume and look at areas you can improve on. Check out our resumes and cover letter page for some guidance
  • Jobs board – once you’ve completed the above steps, have a look at our Jobs board and apply for jobs. There are plenty of local apprenticeships and traineeship jobs available too.

Consider Further Study

You might discover your dream job means you have to complete further study. Thinking about studying again (especially if you have already completed a course) can feel daunting, but often there are transferable skills you can use which can help apply for TAFE or UNI.

Apprenticeships and traineeships are also available which means you can combine training and employment and gain a nationally recognised qualification while earning a wage working on the job!

Check out our apprenticeships or traineeships pages for more information.

Don’t be scared to change careers and start something new, it’s important to work in an environment you enjoy and that play to your strengths!


A mentor is someone who can help guide you in your career path. They will give you advice on how to improve and develop the appropriate skills to help you in your new career.

Finding a mentor in your desired industry would be a great way help steer you in the right direction as well as helping you make contacts for when you are ready to start looking for your new dream job.

Do research

Do some research on the type of industry you want to work in. Talk to friends and family who might work in a similar industry, or can provide you with connections to find out some first-hand experience. 

Ask a few questions about this type of work to make sure it’s the right move:
  • What type of salary would you be expecting in this career change
  • What kind of work is it, i.e. is it a desk job, or working with your hands outdoors. Is that something you see yourself doing?
  • Where can this kind of work lead you / what is career progression like in this industry
  • Do you need to have a degree in a particular area? If so, can you see yourself completing that length of study.

Volunteer or work experience

A great way to get some experience in a new field is by volunteering or completing work experience with a particular company. It can help you develop some skills in a new field and try it out before you jump into study.

Here are a few reasons to give it a go:
  • Volunteering gives you hands on experience – it’s great to have some practical and applied skills listed on your resume before jumping into study or a new workforce. This also allows you to test the waters with an industry to see if it’s right for you.
  • Volunteering can help you meet people in a new industry – you will have an opportunity to network with a different group of people and give you access to employers you wouldn’t have had otherwise 
  • Volunteering can give you a new perspective – you don’t have to volunteer in a new industry, but just help people in need. This kind of volunteer work can make you feel good about yourself for giving back to society. (You can also put this on your resume which is often praised by employers)
And if all the above weren’t enough - LinkedIn research has shown that that 41% of hiring managers consider volunteer work equally as valuable as paid work experience when evaluating candidates.



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