25.10.21

Positioning yourself for a new role or a new career? What’s the difference? How long might it take?

Many people leave or finish a job / role and seek work of a very similar kind in another organisation – so they wish to go from like to like, perhaps in the same industry (eg. customer service or admin in retail) or to a different industry (customer service from retail to working in a customer facing role in local government or health clinic).

But some people, during the course of their career seek a career change, a different sort of role / job altogether, such as from an accountant to a psychologist or a franchise owner eg. lawn mower or landscape gardener.

Several elements of this change are similar, and some are different. Clearly changing careers rather than changing jobs requires greater research and is likely to require a longer lead or transition period. Changing jobs may take only weeks (eg. chef – they are in much demand) or a few months (or more, market dependent). Whilst changing careers may take several months to a couple of years if one needs a qualification or specific training and work experience.

Whether changing jobs or a career change both transitions require a: review of interests, strengths, skills and competencies, values, priorities, what’s negotiable and what’s not, and an awareness of possible gaps or inhibitors for you getting the job or transitioning into what you want. A refreshed contemporary CV and application letter are also most likely for both, as well as a targeted LinkedIn profile and solid job search strategy.

But changing careers may require retaining and upskilling, certificates or licenses, and ‘investment dollars’ if you are to go into your own business or will be out of work for a while. Greater courage and confidence, persistence, and determination (you may get a few knocks along the way) and strong family / network support, are also likely additional attributes needed for a successful career change. 

Be clear on your career / life priorities and goals, motivations and the things needed to drive you to a successful transition, whether a similar job in a new environment or a complete career change. The harder you work to put that in place, the faster the transition. So, if you seek new job / career horizons in 2022, there’s no time like the present to get started on your plan, review the ‘ifs and buts’ and take steps to achieve your goals.

 

Michelle Bentley

MBA, B.Ed, Dip T, Cert IV T&A, GAICD, FGLF
General Manager, Hender Careers

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