Making a career transition as a seasoned professional or entering to a new industry later in life is a tricky road to navigate -- especially when dealing with mortgages, debts, children, and other financial responsibilities.
At Enable College, every day we have the pleasure of training individuals for pursuing jobs in aged care, disability support and similar industries by enrolling in Aged care and Disability Care courses . We meet individuals from various age-groups, cultural and qualification backgrounds and that is why we've put together some useful tips that can help you make a successful career change.
1. Meet with a reputable career transition expert
Getting advice from a career transition expert or a career counsellor is the first step in the the career change process. With their help, you will get more clarity about your short-term and long-term goals. They will help you explore your career vision, externalise your situation and create a most suitable research plan to achieve your target role. Moreover, they enable you to identify your current skills and interests. For example, if you enjoy working with people and have a passion for helping others, a career transition expert may find that you are a strong candidate for working in the care industry
2. Find out what you want to do
What are you good at? What interests you the most? What motivates you?
Ask these questions to yourself and find out the answers. When you come to the point where you know what exactly it is that you want you are then able to carefully develop a plan that will allow you to take the relevant steps to make your career transition a success. Your plan should include studying, finding a mentor and/or thoroughly researching the industry and role into which you want to transition.
3. Don’t drop everything and rush into a career change
It is very important to think and analyse before you make any important decisions. At the end of the day, if you are considering quitting your current job, how or who will be paying your bills? You may not have someone to fall back on for financial support so, it may be that you plan to make smaller goals to achieving a transition by studying part-time whilst you are still working for example. Consider volunteering in your target field during your spare time as this will help you acquire the necessary skills and will provide a realistic view of what it takes to work in that industry.
4. Find a mentor in your targeted industry
A mentor provides valuable insights into your possible future, offers advice on how to make the right move, and helps you connect with other professionals. This article in The Balance describes the traditional mentoring relationship between a new employee and an established professional within the same organisation. Finding a mentor in the industry that you wish to enter, you'll receive first-hand advice from somebody who has first hand knowledge and experience -- plus, you'll have a clear vision of what it takes to get there yourself.
5. Utilise free and low-cost tools online
It is essential that you stay on top of market trends, developments, and innovations within the industry sector. Follow relevant industry experts and topics (check out free online university lectures for example). It will enhance your knowledge and that in turn will help you to shape your knowledge in order to meet the specific requirements of your aspired career.
You will find plenty of important information related to the industry sector relating to recruitment, and training. Browse and look at the job descriptions, responsibilities, pay scales.
6. Be prepared to start at a lower level
You need to be realistic when applying for roles in an area where you may not have any experience. You'll be competing with others who are well experienced. Be prepared to enter an organisation at the level relevant to your skills, knowledge and qualifications.
7. Grow and utilise your networks
If you want to excel in any field, networking is the key. Make sure you're following industry leaders and influencers on social media, get yourself LinkedIn and Twitter accounts so that you can follow those in the know. In addition, read articles in relation to the industry or role that interests you, and attend industry-relevant events to gain knowledge as well as to connect with established professionals in the field.
8. Get training at a Registered Training Organisation (RTO)
The need for trained, certified, dedicated workers in the Australian Care industry is on the rise -- and it will only increase in the future. If you find value in working hands-on with people and are sincerely interested in improving their quality of life, look for an RTO with a demonstrated track record in preparing their students for careers in this rewarding profession.
With a little research, networking, and analysing your skills and experience, you are on your way to make that career change you’ve been dreaming about for months. Good Luck!
Enable College is a independent RTO (#4849). Our organisation is dedicated to providing vocational training, education, Child Care and Individual Support Care courses for those preparing for a career in South Australia's Care Industry.
If you are ready to make your move now in community services (Care and Support Sector) and start studying for it then book a meeting below to learn more.