Part 1: Introduction

Although staying in the same job for more than five years may once have been the norm, the job market has changed considerably over the past 20 years.

Today, employers are less loyal to their employees, who in turn are easily tempted by the wide range of career choices available to them.

In fact, a growing body of research shows that more career changes are happening than ever before. A 2012 survey of labour mobility showed that 56% of Australia’s workers had been in their job for less than five years and 20% for less than one year, with women more likely than men to change jobs and also more likely to do it voluntarily.

Another study by the research organisation McCrindle showed that the average Australian stays with their employer for just three years and four months. The biggest shift they observed, though, is that people are no longer just changing jobs, but also changing professions and industries, and retraining as they go.

Considering that over 40 years of our lives are spent in employment, it’s hardly surprising that so many people consider a career change at some point in their life.

A career change can take place for any number of reasons, from wanting a new challenge or a better salary to achieving your dream job or something else completely.

New challenge
Better salary
Something else completely

The point is that even if you feel unfulfilled in your current job, you still have the chance to find a career that is right for you, because it’s never too late to make a change.

Changing careers can be a daunting experience, so this guide provides a range of information to help you through the process, including questions you need to ask yourself, the right steps to take, and lots of help and career change advice.