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Imagine it’s Monday morning. The alarm goes off and you open your eyes and think…
“I don’t want to go to work”
Odds are if you’ve been in the workforce for more than a couple of years you’ll have had a moment like this. And while we all have the occasional bad day or even a bad week, if this happening on a regular basis it’s probably time to think about your career options.
But what does that mean? What practical steps can you take to start making over your career?
While the answer will be different for everyone, here are three career moves you can make to get you out of your rut and on track for a job you love…
Move Up: Boost your skills for a promotion
If the reason you hate your job is because you can’t seem to break through to the next level then up-skilling could be the answer. These days even if you HAVE a degree or qualification in your area there’s an expectation that you’ll need to refresh those skills to keep up with new developments and technologies.
Studying part time while you work allows you to keep the money coming in while you gain the sills you need to move up the career ladder. It’s also easier than ever now that so many courses are available online.
As well as turbo-charging your skill set taking on further study sends a clear message to your employer that you are serious about your career and tells them you’re promotion material!
If this sounds like what you need to kick-start your career path, the education providers below are a good place to start looking at what you might like to do
Australian Universities is an online directory featuring all Australian universities and the courses they offer
TAFE Queensland has courses available from acting to transport logistics with many being offered online
If management is your thing, the Australian Institute of Management also has a wide variety of courses
Coursera is a fully online course hub that gives you access to hundred of online courses from universities all over the world! These are short course generally so a great way to get back into the habit of studying if you haven’t done it or a while.
Move On: Time for a fresh start in a new role
Inevitably the time will come when you need to move on from your current role. Maybe the culture isn’t right for you, or maybe you’ve achieved everything you can in that role. Or it maybe something more drastic like a redundancy.
Whatever your reason for moving jobs the most important thing is not to start blindly sending out applications all over the place. Take some time to think about your ultimate goals for your career – moving jobs is a big step and this is your chance to make sure that the next career move you make is on that is taking you one step closer to this goal.
If you’re looking for jobs in Brisbane a smart approach is to make contact with a reputable recruitment agency to start proactively working with them to land your next role. You don’t have to wait for a vacancy to be advertised to make an appointment – if recruiters know who you are and what you’re looking for, they can help match you with the type of position you want.
For more insights into how working with a recruitment agency can help you with your job search, check out the jobseeker tips on the Chandler Macleod website .
Make the leap: Retraining for your dream job
After a few years working in admin roles Brisbane fashion blogger Ashley from www.ashleyzoe.com has recently made the decision to retrain as a hairdresser.
“Over the last few years I have worked in an office environment and basically hated every second of it. It was obvious to me that sitting at a computer all day was just turning me into a person I didn’t like. What I really wanted was a job that allowed me to express my fun, creative side”.
While Ashley had always been interested in fashion and make-up it took a chance conversation for her to consider making the switch to hairdressing;
” My partner has recently followed his dream and opened his own espresso bar, which happened to be next door to a hairdressing salon. I struck up a friendship with the lady who ran it and found out that she had been a receptionist but at the age of 37 decided to quit her desk job and send herself to Hair School.”
Once the seed was planted Ashley started researching courses and speaking to more professional hairdressers to get as much information as possible. Within days she had taken the plunge, applying for and landing a hairdressing apprenticeship of her own.
While retaining for your dream job can be exciting it can also mean taking a pay cut in the short term. In the end you need to weigh up what’s more important: doing something you love or making more money?
As for Ashley she’s loving every minute of her new career and is happy to live with the short term wage reduction in exchange for long term job-happiness;
“I would rather be happy at my job for a smaller wage than be miserable for a few extra dollars!”
Do you love your job? If not, what would your dream job look like?
Inspire us by sharing your career dreams in the comments!