Planning a career change is a very personal matter

It is very common for career practitioners to hear someone say at their first meeting “I don’t know what I want to do but I know it is not what I am doing now”. So if you feel this way you are not alone. Planning a career or new job is a very personal matter and only you will be able to decide if a particular job or career is one that is likely to suit you .  



Planning a career with a career advisor can make the difference

A Career Advisor can help you understand the various factors that go into planning a career change. Among the most important of these are your interests, your skills, your values, and your personal attributes and abilities. But there are often other outside factors that you will need to consider when planning a career. These include job availability in a particular field, the salary level you need, the qualifications required and the support that you can expect for your decision from significant others in your life. Let’s look at each of these factors in a bit more detail.   

Planning a career takes into consideration your interests, values and skills.

Your Interests

The Australian Standard Classification of Occupations lists hundreds of occupations.

How can you decide which of these you might be interested in? A Career Advisor can employ a variety of career planning activities to help you narrow down the field to occupations which are most likely to interest you in your job search.

Your Values

Career values are the things you value most in a job. How important, for example, is the salary that you are gong to earn? How flexible are you with working hours? Is working as part of a team important to you? Do you prefer to have a say in how you will do your job or do you want to have clearly defined tasks set out for you?
Values are important and they may change over time. When a job no longer meets your values it is often an indication that you need to reconsider your career choices.

Your Skills

Skills can be divided into two groups.
1. First there are the skills that are specific to a particular job.
2. Second there is what we call generic or transferable skills.
Generic skills are those that will be applicable to many different occupations. They include such things as:

  • Teamwork
  • Oral and written communication skills and
  • Interpersonal skills

Planning a career pathway will give you a competitive edge and allow you to:

·       recognise and respond to employment opportunities

·       undertake clearly identified and targetted personal and professional development

·       focus on job search activities that are aligned to your career plan 

·       write professional and “job specific” resumes and cover letters which succinctly promote and reinforce your
        personal and professional skills and abilities.

·       present more confidently at job interviews