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Why a return to ‘normal’ is sparking career changes down a more rewarding path

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While the full effects of COVID-19 are yet to be fully known in Australia, what we do know is that no industry has been left unscathed. Being repeatedly subject to lockdown after lockdown, with copious amounts of time for self-reflection, many Australians have come to recognise blatant dissatisfaction in their current career paths.

Remote working has removed the social aspects of many jobs and the camaraderie of office culture, leaving Australians to focus on the job itself. This has, for many, brought to light a desire to create a more fulfilling work life.

Remote working has removed the social aspects of many jobs.Credit:E+

The concept of the “The Great Resignation” is circulating in headlines. Following the pandemic, Americans are voluntarily resigning their jobs in the millions, which begs the question: is Australia next … or has it already started?

Whether or not America’s reality comes to fruition on Australian shores, it wouldn’t be such a bad thing for people to realise their true passions in pursuit of a more productive and rewarding career. After almost two years of being isolated from life as we once knew it, particularly in Melbourne’s case, it is only expected that people re-evaluate priorities, so why not embrace the change as a positive one?

Between half to a third of the individuals who walk through my door (metaphorically speaking, given the current restrictions) are looking for a career change. One of the biggest motivators I’m observing is Aussies realising they are working in roles they simply don’t enjoy any more. After leaving school, or graduating a degree, people are getting “stuck” in the first job they find, only later to realise they’re not actually engaged or mentally stimulated enough to do it for the rest of their lives.

While COVID-19 impacted many workforces, causing them to shut down or work at reduced capacities, the pandemic was also the catalyst for certain industries to experience increased and unprecedented demand. Sectors such as mental health services, community care and nursing in particular need a boost of skilled workers to accommodate the recent overflow and pressure instigated by the pandemic.

Industries are beginning to resume to “COVID normal”. For example, once the tourism and hospitality sectors are back on their feet, Australia is likely to see a sharp increase in demand for workers.

There is opportunity for Australians to dedicate time to training and upskilling, capitalising on the availability of entry-level positions likely to emerge over the following one or two years.

If you’re thinking of making the leap, here’s what you should consider.

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