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There are a few things to consider when reassessing your career direction, its easier than you think to get started.

Recognise your skills and abilities
These can be the things you are good at and enjoy in every part of your life not just work. They can be life skills as much as skills learnt through education and training. List these skills and use them as a basis when searching for a new career direction.

Be open to new possibilities
Try something new! Be open to new possibilities in your career. Your skills may be transferable into a new area you may not have considered before. Talk to people and ask how they got into their career path.

3 Research – if you don’t know find out!
Take time to find out as much information as you can about your desired career, employers in that industry and positions available.

4 Keep your goal in sight
If you really want something its worth pursuing, even if this means a lower paid role to begin with or a length of re-training or re-skilling. If it means you achieve your end goal in the career you want, its well worth it.

5 Get organised and prepared
Update your resume and have your educational history (certificates) in a presentation folder ready to show prospective employers. Prepare yourself for any questions prospective employers may ask you and prepare your own questions to ask the employer.

6 Stay determined and positive
Being informed and confident are attractive qualities employers look for in prospective employees. Never lose sight of what you are aiming for in your career goal, stay determined and positive.

Remember that being prepared gives you confidence.

Use the Finding work tools to help you get started, be prepared and build your confidence. It is going to be up to you to convince the potential employer you are the best person for the job. The way your resume and job applications are written, the way you approach people, the way you dress, talk, present yourself and the way you think are all things that will impact on your chances of getting the job you want.


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