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At Goal Digger, we are no stranger to assisting people with their career redirection. Here is our advice for you;
Disruptions to our working lives, routines, and the world around us have been challenging for many of us during COVID-19. But alongside the challenge, it has created space for us to slow down, reflect and question how we live our lives, our priorities, and our careers.
Additionally to the recent pandemic, the skill shortage list, which is managed by Immigration New Zealand, identifies occupations where there is a sustained and ongoing shortage of skilled workers throughout New Zealand. We do not yet know the future with respect to the ability to bring skilled migrants into New Zealand.
The Covid-19 Impact
In the current climate, many people have been forced into considering a career change. So, if you are considering a change in job or career right now, you’re not alone. Research from the AUT Wellbeing at Work study has shown that 46.4% of Kiwis are interested in making a career change after the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Additionally, it is believed that 40% of the workforce is affected by vaccine mandates. This predominantly includes the education, health and disability, and hospitality sectors.
Skill Shortage
Job listings have grown by 69% over the past year. The jobs in high demand come from the industries of  IT, construction, management, accountancy, legal expertise, and internal communications. Significant increases in employee shortage are tourism and hospitality which have increased by 56%, followed by manufacturing and operations with an increase of 52%, and construction and roading, up 46% on the previous quarter.
I’ve decided to change careers. What should I consider?
Many people are looking to reskill or upskill in order to change careers and gain stability in their job and future path. More than one-third of workers desire training on the job, a pathway that most trades offer with their apprenticeships.
In addition to this, transferable or soft skills play a more significant role in hiring than ever before. These are the skills and abilities you develop throughout your life from experiences such as study, work, hobbies, travel, and community service. These skills can be transferred easily from one job to another. They include communication, problem-solving, organization, interpersonal skills, self-management, and willingness to learn.
To identify your transferrable skills, it is a good idea to start with self-analysis. An examination of your job experience, duties, and roles you play in your daily life can be a tool in identifying strengths, skills, and assets you can bring to a new career. Think about when you received recognition from an employer, co-worker, or friend. Additionally, talking to people who know you well will offer an outsider’s perspective to help identify skills they value and see in you.
When updating your CV, make sure you explain why you are making a change in your career and list what transferable skills you possess. In today’s climate, it is worth looking beyond your current scope of work and having conversations with potential employers to see where they may lead. Employers are looking for an employee with a good attitude and who is trainable.
Here at Goal Digger, one of our specialty services is helping people change careers.
Maybe you know that you want to move but don’t know where to start. Or you want some help navigating options, future avenues, and what you can offer to your potential employer. The team at Goal Digger has the experience and results to help you step into your next Career. Get in touch with us today.
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