Are you feeling stuck and uninspired in your job? Ready for a change but not sure where to start? If so you’re probably not alone. The events of 2020 made us all stop and reflect on what we’re doing with our lives. For many people this pause in business as usual highlighted a desire for a different kind of lifestyle, and a different kind of career.
If you’re in this position it can be pretty intimidating to know where to start and how to make the move into a new job; especially if you need to be certified in your chosen area. The good and bad news is a career change probably won’t happen overnight, so you can take your time to set yourself up for success. Here’s how you can use RPL to start the process and achieve the career change you’re dreaming of.
First, figure out where you want to go and what you need to get there.
Yes, obvious start, we know. But you do need to have more than a vague understanding of what you’ll need in your new path. Start by narrowing down the field you’re interested in and exploring what general roles and certifications are available in that space. If you already know what specific role you want, do some research on job sites to see what employers are looking for in terms of skills, experience and certifications.
It’s also a great idea to get in contact with some businesses or organisations in the industry and ask what kinds of paths are available for people wishing to make a career change into their relevant industry.
Identify your transferable skills and experience.
Once you know what skills and experience,you’ll likely need for your target role, do a self-assessment to see where your existing roles and experience can be transferred. Common transferable skills include:
- Soft skills: communication, interpersonal skills, time management
- Problem Solving
- Critical thinking
- Administration & writing
- Project Management
- Relationship building
- Team Management
- Workplace Safety
Find the qualification that’s right for you
Here is where Recognition of Prior Learning comes in. RPL takes your existing skills, knowledge and experience and uses them as evidence of learning to achieve a certification without the need to take time off work. When it comes to career change, those transferable skills you’ve identified can go a long way with RPL.
Many courses will include units dedicated to developing management skills, administration, project management, partnership management and much more. Further to this, there are specific roles in some of these areas in every industry that can act as a stepping stone into the industry. Explore the wide range of qualifications offered through SCA’s partner Registered Training Organisations. Filter by your target industry and explore the many options available.
Want to know more?
Contact our team to find out what qualifications would suit you and how to get started. Call 131775 or contact us online.