Looking for a change? Here’s how to pivot or change your career in 2022

A focused 3-step primer to turning one of the toughest decisions of your career into one of the most successful.

If you are thinking about a change in your career, congratulations! You are at a crossroads every professional will arrive at least once during their lives, a junction where you must decide: is it time to take the plunge, or continue with your current career path?  

A well-formulated career change plan is bound to lead you to the destination you have envisioned for yourself. This guide will prepare you for that success by helping you discover why you are taking this step, what you hope to achieve through this change and what you need to do to triumph. 

Identify your goals. Where do you want to be? 

To truly know where you want to be in the future, you need to understand what is motivating you to make the change.  

Burned out? Stagnating? Just plain bored? All of these are valid reasons to move away from your career. There is also no shame in admitting your drive is solely financial. In fact, it will help you identify your goal.  

For instance, consider a scenario where you are primarily motivated by money to change your job. In that situation, you may wish to consider a career in data science, cyber security or blockchain. These fields are increasingly important in our digital, data-driven world, lucrative and with the potential for exponential growth, given the rate at which technology has been evolving in the past two decades.  

How RMIT can help 

Figuring out what career to choose isn’t easy at any stage. It helps to have an experienced ear to talk to, be it a friend, a mentor, or a career-support professional. RMIT provides a wealth of career services to graduates within 12 months of graduating. These services are designed to help you identify hot industries and in-demand skills today and in the future, whether you just need a lateral move in your industry or it’s time to shake things up!  

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A resume and laptop laid on a tabletop A career is akin to a living organism, constantly growing and evolving. RMIT understands this, which is why the support doesn’t just stop once you graduate.

Evaluate yourself. Where are you right now? 

Critical self-examination is hard and proves to be the toughest step for most people. A great way to make this easier on yourself is to examine every skill you have. 

Spreadsheets may be the bane of a professional’s existence, but they save the day here. Firstly, list down all your professional skills. Then, in another column, rate them as ‘novice’, ‘good’ or ‘expert’. Skills gained during study are as important as skills gained through work, so don’t feel that you’re at a disadvantage if you have no prior work experience!  

How RMIT can help 

Having a good resume really helps make this task a breeze, but if you have struggled with building a relevant CV that showcases your abilities, hop onto the RMIT Job Shop to get all your questions answered.  

These answers may take the form of resume writing workshops, or drop-in sessions run by experienced support staff that help graduates within 12 months of graduating. Countless RMIT alumni owe their first jobs to the consultants who helped them fine-tune their profiles!

Chart out a roadmap. How do you get from where you are to where you want to be? 

So, you finally know what you want to do, and you have a reasonable self-analysis of your current skills.  

At this point, you may only need to upskill in a couple of key areas, combine that with your existing skillset (along with a new, polished resume) and be ready to apply for your dream job! This is what is referred to as a pivot, and generally involves a modest shift to a different industry but within the same job functions. 

Alternatively, you might find yourself needing to make a fully-fledged career change. Greater research and planning are required here to nail down which skills you need to acquire, how you will gain entry into your new industry (it might be through an internship, freelance or contract role, entry-level job, or perhaps even a return to study), and how you will balance the additional commitments against your personal life.  

How RMIT can help 

A career is akin to a living organism, constantly growing and evolving. RMIT understands this, which is why the support doesn’t just stop once you graduate.  

The Future Skills short courses are designed to be the catalyst for that growth, with a 15% discount available for all RMIT alumni. Whether you’re looking for a career change, a pivot or even growing within your current job, these course offerings will let you upskill for a future that you want, when you want it. 

Story: Hassaan Ahmed

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