Our finest moments are most likely to occur when we are
feeling deeply uncomfortable, unhappy, or unfulfilled. For it is only
in such moments, propelled by our discomfort, that we are likely to
step out of our ruts and start searching for different ways or truer
answers. - M. Scott Peck
You're over it. You've been doing the same role for 10 years and you
need a change. But herein lies the problem. How can you change jobs if
your current gig is all you've ever done professionally?
With a little creative thinking, an investment of time and a strong
belief in your ability to adapt quickly, you can upgrade to a career
without starting at the bottom of the ladder.
Look for opportunities within your current work environment. If your
organisation is large you may find that having organisational
knowledge is half the job criteria. Management may be happy to upskill
you in the areas you are lacking because it's easier for them to train
a trusted team member they know fits the company culture than
If your workplace is on the small scale, chat to your boss about
picking up additional tasks that will benefit the company and upskill you.
Working for a small construction company, TAFE
NSW graduate, Helen didn't think she could make the transition
from receptionist to the career in Digital Marketing she was
"After five years in the same role I needed a change,"
Helen said. "I spoke to my boss about moving on. It was hard and
I felt like I was being disloyal but I was so bored. When I told him
my reason for leaving he offered to subsidise my TAFE fees to study
marketing if I stayed on. I job shared my reception role for two days
and used my newly learnt skills to promote the company three days."
Not only did Helen's situation work out well for her career but her
marketing skills contributed to the company's bottom line, making her
a more valuable employee.
Learn a lesson from Helen; chat to your boss or manager before you
make the decision to leave. Your dream career path may turn out to be
a valuable and much needed skill in your current job.
Our career aspirations don't always align with the opportunities
available in our day job. But that doesn't mean you have to quit to
re-train. TAFE NSW offers online
and flexible evening or weekend courses, so that upgrading your skills
isn't so much of a financial burden. There are many study options available.
Chat to a TAFE NSW career adviser. They may be able to help you plan
your career moves so that you can slot into a new role at the end of
your course by utilising TAFE's industry connections.
Find a mentor and shadow them. The internet has made learning from
other professionals more accessible than ever. Use platforms like LinkedIn or MeetUp to get in contact with people
who can help guide you and potentially allow you to volunteer with
their business in order to learn new skills, while maintaining your
current day job.
Once you feel confident with your new talents you could start
freelancing to build up your skills in a professional setting. For
example, if you've completed a graphic design or web design course you
could charge a small fee to design for other people. Once you've
gained enough experience and built up a portfolio you will be more
attractive to potential employers.
Find a TAFE NSW
Course to study today!