Reinventing Yourself

One of the key skills you can take into this year and beyond when it comes to employment, is adaptability.

Gone are the days of ‘one job for life’ or the ‘job of a lifetime’ – and we’re moving to a state where people can expect a couple of career changes, more if they’re younger, across the arc of their working life.

This is more common than we think. Do a quick search online (average number of jobs in a lifetime) and you’ll find varying numbers (of the different careers people will have) but they all agree, putting all your eggs in one employment basket will only leave your future prospects scrambled.

Before you throw your hands up at the futility of it all…remember, there ARE things you can do to minimise the impact of future change (along with being adaptable).

When you’re researching your new career, don’t be afraid to look at areas outside your comfort zone (within reason). Have you always worked in an office setting but dreamed of being a landscape gardener? The key to this exercise is to put down everything you have even the slightest interest in. Make a list – see what’s available in your area (or the area next to you). What’s involved? What do you need to learn?

Another vital piece of advice is to hook up with someone who knows this area well. There are trained career advisers in Australia who can take you through the steps and show you the path to your new job. They can advise you on the easiest way to get there, any pitfalls that may be on the way, and help that’s available to you.


Keep Learning

Whether it’s for personal or professional reasons, keep yourself active by constantly learning new things. Learning provides new ways of looking at the world, new skills, new hobbies and keeps your mind active. You may be in a job you don’t enjoy, or a job you cannot do anymore (I used to be a brickie but my back’s gone) – so what do you do? What can you do?

If you ‘flip’ the problem around – “I don’t like what I’m doing,” can become “I can do anything I like.” Your options suddenly expand and the possibilities are endless.|

Box Hill Institute has a mix of courses from introductory certificate and diploma courses through to Bachelor and Masters degrees. Animal studies, science and technology, building, plumbing, engineering, music, fashion design, hairdressing, children’s services, community services, automotive and transport, hospitality and tourism, and the list goes on.

As you can see, TAFE is no longer just a place to go and learn a trade. Pick something you’re interested in (or always wanted to do) and you’re one step closer to reinventing your career and yourself.

The Centre for Adult Education has a huge number of short courses encompassing everything from work skills to photography and fashion, fitness and food, computing to writing, travel, trade work and languages. Many people have transferred their passion from a hobby into successful businesses. If you have to work, why not do something that you love?

Rachel Bower started at Box Hill doing a Hairdressing Certificate, but worked out, it wasn’t for her. She then tried a design course, but was still unsure if this was what she wanted…and then she found it…the course she wanted, to get into the area that interested her.

Rachel recently completed the Bachelor of Biotechnology at Box Hill and is now a Tissue scientist at the highly regarded Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre in Melbourne. Rachel now helps the Tissue Bank provide researchers with ethically-collected human tissue, blood and data samples for their projects, supporting a wide variety of clinical trials (e.g. cancer research). Rachel now has a particular interest in molecular genetics and would love to branch into this area for a career, possibly as a genetic counsellor. Rachel’s transition from prospective hairdresser to a tissue bank scientist proves the maxim – it doesn’t matter where you’re been – it’s where you’re going that counts.

So what’s your next career? All you need to do is take the first step. Come and see us at the Expo at stands D5/D6 near the café and find out how success is closer than you think.