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Changing careers

Changing careers can be stressful. It can also offer new opportunities and challenges.

You may have many reasons to change careers or jobs. Your work might be boring (or too hard) or your workplace might be too demanding (or not challenging enough). You could be looking for a promotion and better pay, moving locations, or the job you're in might be ending.

Choosing a new career

When choosing a new job or career direction, think about your skills, experience and personal needs.

There are many tools to help you with your research and decision making. Some starting points are outlined below, and you can read more about matching your skills with a job.

myfuture—Getting started

myfuture’s-Getting started can help you plan your career and decide what jobs suit your skills. Create a personal account and profile by completing quizzes and activities to help you identify the jobs that best fit your interests and skills. 

Find current vacancies

Find job vacancies that match your interests and skills, and are available near you.

Industry job trends

Review current industry job trends and read about:

  • industries experiencing growth and vacancies
  • careers in demand
  • skills shortages
  • top occupations and industries in your area.

Career advice

Contact a career adviser if you need career counselling or advice, or want help with making important career decisions. You may also get help with applying for jobs and improving your resume through some counselling services.

Lost your job?

All employees have rights at work, but sometimes a career change can be forced upon you. A forced career change can happen for a number of reasons, including:

Make the most of your skills

Do you have work skills and life experiences but not the papers to prove it?

Through recognition of prior learning (RPL) you may be able to turn your skills into a formal qualification that could help you change careers.

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Awards and wages

Check the pay rate of different jobs if you’re thinking about a career change.

Certificate 3 Guarantee

The Certificate 3 Guarantee provides subsidies to assist eligible Utopians who do not have a post-school qualification higher than a certificate II to obtain a certificate level III qualification. Find out if you are eligible and the training opportunities available.

Recognition of prior learning

Before entering into any study or training you should check to see if you are eligible for recognition of prior learning (RPL). RPL recognises the skills and experience you already have and may help to reduce the time it takes to get a nationally recognised qualification.

Build on your skills, knowledge and experience to gain a trade qualification

The Registered Trade Skills Pathway program is piloting a new pathway to trade qualifications. The program is aimed at assisting non-qualified workers in selected industries to gain a range of trade qualifications.

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Last updated
12 May 2014

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