Things to consider when making a career change

Our mission is to empower students and job seekers to achieve their goals. For many people, a new career may be calling, but there are so many questions and concerns to address before making the leap. We recently spoke to Noble Oak to share our expert tips for making a successful career transition at any age.

1. Research, research, research!
The internet is full of useful information about potential careers, what training you may need to complete and what employment prospects are like in your chosen field.

2. Think outside the box
It pays to think outside the box. More than 600 of the job descriptions published by Good Education Media have been tipped for strong growth in the next five years. Jobs that are expected to see increased demand range from midwives and UX designers to brewery workers and shearers — your new career might be in a field you have never considered!

3. Explore the opportunity to upskill
Keep in mind that career opportunities are as diverse as they are numerous. Out of the jobs with expected growth over the next five years, Good Education Media has identified more than 10,000 relevant courses! Graduates of a certificate in cyber security can look forward to healthy employment prospects alongside graduates of a Bachelor of Advertising and Media or a Master of Dispute resolution.

One big mistake to avoid when changing careers 
There is a misconception that if you didn’t complete a degree in your 20s you’ve missed your chance, but nothing could be further from the truth. More than half of all domestic students commencing undergraduate degrees are not recent school-leavers. Age is not a limitation — your professional and life experience will put you in good stead to manage tertiary-level studies, and such experience is highly valued by prospective graduate employers. It’s never too late!

How can I upskill for a new role?
The overwhelming majority of course providers now deliver at least some of their curriculum online in a part-time study mode. Many providers specialise in catering to students who may be working full-time or managing family commitments while they study. Learning new content has never been more flexible.
For more expert advice on how to plan for a successful career transition, take a look at the full article on the Noble Oak website.

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