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Changing Your Career

Stuck in a job you don’t enjoy? Right now, hundreds of companies within the resources sector are looking for reliable, hard-working people to work on large-scale projects all around the country. Do you have what it takes to work in this booming industry? A career change may be just what you need. Here are a few tips to help you get started.

If you’ve thought about changing your career to the resources sector, now is the perfect time. You’ve probably heard about the skills shortage that the industry is facing. With billions of dollars’ worth of projects starting in the next few years, demand for labour and skills is high.

So why choose a career in resources?

  • The resources industry is constantly evolving, which makes the work challenging, varied but rewarding.
  • With sites all across the country you have the opportunity to travel and see remote parts of Australia.
  • Once you’ve entered the industry, you can expand your skillset and move into other areas.
  • You will receive excellent pay and associated benefits.
  • The resources industry employs a global workforce giving you the opportunity to work with the best people in the world or take your skills anywhere.

Getting started – do some research

Before you hand in your notice, you need to determine if a career change is a good move. Start by answering a few questions.

  • What are your interests? What are your specific goals?
  • Why you want to change careers?
  • What is the state of your family and financial commitments? Can you change careers without causing undue stress and upheaval to those around you?
  • What do you want out of your new career? Is there a particular field that interests you?
  • What are your motivations for choosing the resources industry as a career?

Once you’ve figured out the hard stuff, you can start making a plan. Talk to industry experts or people already working within the resources industry. Spend some time doing research into the sector. Find out what qualifications, skills, memberships or certificates you need to give you an extra advantage. Some industry accreditations that you may want to look into include:

Keep in mind that each of these courses involves a significant fee. Before signing up it’s advisable to chat with a career adviser or industry expert who can offer advice specific to your situation. You can also have a look at our section on Fact Sheets related to licensing and ticketing.

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Recognition of prior learning

Don’t have any experience in the resources industry? No problem. The vast majority of courses offered by state training providers and registered training organisations (RTO) give you the ability to apply for a recognition of prior learning (RPL) assessment. If you have previous work skills or even just an interest in the resources sector, you may receive credits towards courses you undertake.

Adult apprenticeships

If you’re 25 years or older, the Australian government has introduced an Australian Apprenticeship payment initiative specifically for older apprentices. If you’re completing an Australian Apprenticeship at the Certificate III or IV level in an occupation experiencing a skills shortage, you can receive additional financial support. For older apprentices, with families and financial obligations, this can come in very handy. Find out more by downloading the Fact Sheet.

Changing careers can be very stressful but with a little bit of planning, some forethought, and entry into an industry that needs workers like you, it can also be extremely rewarding.

Visit our Training Resources section for more information.

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