If you want to work in a different sector, you’re not alone. Many of us want to change industries, but it can be hard to know where to begin.
Over a third of Australians (37%) would consider working in a different industry to where they are now, SEEK research reveals.
And there are three key reasons holding us back from making the change – experience or qualifications, money and difficulty.
SEEK’s Resident Psychologist Sabina Read shares how to tackle each of these barriers so you can make the career change you’re aiming for.
“When we’re feeling unsure, under-confident or overwhelmed, it's easy to do nothing and practice unhelpful procrastination strategies, all the while hoping things will change,” Read says.
While avoiding the issue helps alleviate some discomfort in the short term, it doesn’t create the meaningful change you want. “Worry won't bring new options, but tangible small actions will,” Read says.
“Financial considerations are a reality for most of us, however it’s useful to ask yourself the cost to your wellbeing and life satisfaction of staying in your current industry or role,” Read says. “If this doesn’t feel feasible, what cost-cutting and budgeting adjustments could you implement to ensure the career change will work out?”
Changing sectors requires effort and sometimes it can feel like too big a task but Read advises to reflect on your past successes.
Thinking about changing careers can be overwhelming, but with the right planning and mindset, you’ll soon be ready to switch sectors.
And there’s plenty you can do make the change more real in the meantime, Read adds.
“Any change is easier and more effective when we act in alignment with the new identity we want,” she says. “So, for an industry change, it can be powerful to ask yourself what you would do in your new role. For example, How would an [Architect] think and act today? What would they prioritise, learn, read, explore and talk about? Who would they spend time with and where?
“When we start to think and act in ways that we associate with our next career move, we tend to edge closer to the goal in practical and achievable steps. And that not only gets us closer to making the change – it can also be rewarding in itself, too.”
Independent research conducted by Nature of behalf of SEEK, interviewing 4800 Australians annually. Published February 2023.