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4 setbacks to career change

4 Setbacks to Career Change and How to Overcome Them

Today more than ever opportunity in the job market is more important than job security. In fact, the job-for-life of past generations is practically non-existent with Australia’s job mobility being closer to three different jobs per decade. (courtesy of McCrindle).

And while job-hopping is more common and accepted, even a natural progression in a career, what if simply changing jobs isn’t enough? Perhaps you’ve become disenchanted with your current career. It makes sense that in a working life that potentially spans 40 years you, your lifestyle, will change. So why shouldn’t your career?

There’s no question, this is a far more challenging position to be in but it’s not as difficult as you might expect with the right guidance.  According to Career and Business Strategist Kelly Kozaris there are four major setbacks career-changers experience and they’re not insurmountable.

The benefits, including greater job satisfaction, enhanced mental health and wellbeing, the potential to increase your salary, gain new contacts and learn new and rewarding skills might just be worth the effort.


  1. Confidence

“Confidence is a wonderful thing and can truly impact an individual’s career,” says Kozaris.

She says the best way to overcome a crisis of confidence is to be clear about your strengths and how your skill-set can be transferred to a new career.

When you list your current skills, you might be surprised how many can be valuable across industries.


  1. Lack of Clarity/Direction

People are unsure of direction when they feel ‘stuck’ …, or they don’t know ‘what’s next’ for them.”

Kozaris says often people stay the course with a career simply because they are good at it and it supports a lifestyle they’ve become accustomed to. But if they no longer find it meaningful it can lead to misery and that’s when it’s time for a change.

To obtain more clarity or direction:

  • Understand what you’re passionate about and combine it with what you do well.
  • Ensure your personal values, your lifestyle and the type of working environment that suits you is aligned with your career choice.
  • Spend time at a workplace or talk to people currently in the industry/role you’re interested in as your perception may not live up to the reality.


  1. Financial

Financial setbacks are a big issue when it comes to career change and ‘not having the money’ is one of the biggest excuses I hear.”

Kozaris says making time and planning a career transition is a big investment in yourself. However, it becomes financially rewarding in the future when your salary increases, or when a new business venture is formed.

Make it financially viable

  • Time to budget. Look at areas in your life where you can cut-back.
  • Are there other income streams available to you? Could you start a side business?


  1. Uncertainty

Not knowing what your future looks like … can hold a lot of people back from living the life they want or doing the work they love.”

Everyone’s personal risk factor is different, says Kozaris, and it will impact any career change decisions you make.

  • Thoroughly understand the change you are going to make and identify how it will impact on your life.

Kozaris says the best way to overcome each of these setbacks is through personal development to understand the blocks and obstacles facing your career change. “I recommend my clients find out what works for them including reading, writing and journaling, listening to podcasts and locking in 10 to 20 minutes a day.”

However, Kozaris warns if mental illness is a factor, speak to an industry professional prior to reaching out to a career coach for support.


If a career change is in your future why not start with a professional development course in the industry that appeals to you? At Australian Online Courses, we are passionate about helping people from all walks of life to achieve their career goals.