Talk to some one who is already in the industry you are interested in. Ask them what qualifications (if any) you may need, and about the best way to get a foot in the door
Contact tertiary institutions, tafes and evening colleges to see if there is a relevant course you can take. Even if it’s only a short evening course, you’ll at least be on your way to learning more about your new industry or profession.
For contacts in many industries, including sport politics and law, get your hands on a copy of the Directory of Australian Associations, published by Information Australia tel:
(03) 9654 2800 or www.infoaust.com
One of the countries biggest recruitment consultants Morgan & Banks have several sites which contain insider tips on interview techniques and how to write eye catching resumes. Check it out – www.careersonline.com.au
Career Swap – In profile
Jenny Evans , 51
Customer Service Manager at Q Stores, a multi million dollar government supply company
Jenny Evans has changed careers five times during her working life. From retail to advertising sales, music management and hospitality, she had experienced almost the full the gamut of industries and professions. At 44, the urge for change struck Jenny again, encouraging her to make the move which led to the senior position she holds today. Walking into a new industry with no prior experience meant that she had to start from the very bottom. “I worked my up from a junior position to the supervisor of the department. From there I became the department manager and member of the management team, as well as spokeswoman for the company, all in three years.” Jenny has held here current position for four years, but the journey to success was not always easy. Starting from the bottom meant that she had to learn many completely new skills and that she lost many of the privileges she was used to in her former job, including the power to make decisions. “It was easy to be humble in the beginning when I realised that I didn’t know what I was doing. But once I learnt more and became more competent it was difficult for me not to be able to make decisions and to have to take direction from others. I learnt a lot from this experience, though. Now I make a conscious effort to empower my staff to make decisions, even at junior level,” she says.