Australian Careers – Swapping Jobs

Australian Careers

Swapping Jobs Tips

Did you know that most people have five different jobs in their lifetimes? We have moved from one job per lifetime when we were stuck in one job with no alternatives to a situation where we have choices.

Underground mine. But as most of us live in the big city we do have options which are open to almost everyone.

Here are five good reasons to swap jobs, and how to do it:

1.     Swap jobs within a company:  And held a responsible job serving behind the counter in a car parts retailer.  She enrolled in a management and IT course at university, taking lectures in the evenings and studying all weekend for three years.  Upon completion she spoke to her the owner of the company where she was working and obtained a promotion to sales manager, concentrating upon setting up an online sales division for the company.  Her wage more than doubled.

2.    When you are unhappy at work:  Tim did not enjoy his day at all. His work-mates in the butcher’s shop were rude, inconsiderate and nasty.  His boss ignored their behavior, only being interested in having the work done.  Tim checked out the vacancies on the Jobstar website ( found a better job in a suburb closer to his home and moved.

3.    When the pay is miserable: The major reason for moving jobs is when you believe that you can do better financially.  This requires a certain amount of self-confidence.  Prepare your resume, take advice if necessary to construct it for success and begin lodging applications for that new job at a higher wage.

4.    When you are sick and tired of your job:   Two questions come up here: what else do you want to do, and are you trained for another job?  Keep your existing job whilst you are preparing to move and answer those two questions, giving them a lot of thought.  We are fortunate enough to live in an era whereby you can change your life and be happy.  It may take months or years of training once you make that decision, but it can be done. Barbara hated her job sorting fruit at a packing company, but after retraining she is now a security guard with flexible hours and a higher wage.

5.    Your job is going to be made redundant:   You can see the writing on the wall.  There may be a merger with another company.  You could be training people offshore to take over your job.  Orders may be going down, and with it your job and your whole company.  Consider your options before you find yourself with no job to go to. Begin by checking jobs online at Jobstar ( Make decisions on lifestyle, re-training and re-location.

So don’t ever feel that you are stuck where you are – be flexible and be prepared to make that move if it means spending time on training and education, or simply moving jobs.  What may seem like a bad scenario may just turn out to be an opportunity. More of Australian Careers




There is nothing worse than spending eight hours a day in a job that you hate.

In Japan a job used to be for life. Men belonged to the company, proudly wear the company badge at social events and were known as proudly belonging to a particular company. The company even looked after them in their old age. Today things are changing in Japan with fewer permanent jobs. In many countries people have to work in any job just to be able to put food on the table, whether it is hunting in the forest, sewing in sweatshops or cultivating and harvesting tea on the hill slopes.   However in Australia staying in one job for life is quite unusual as people move on to different companies and different occupations.

It can be upsetting, demoralizing and demeaning when you do not enjoy your job. Sometimes you are unhappy because you know that your job will go offshore within a year or two. Sometimes it is a monotonous job that does nothing for your intelligence. The question is really: Are you only working for the money or is there more to life?


But changing jobs is not something that happens overnight. Jumping from one job straight into another can be difficult and often counter-productive if you do not plan it properly unless you are one of the lucky ones who are head-hunted.

Preparation is the key, which usually takes time. Your first task is to identify exactly what you want to do. Are you passionate about working in the building industry, as a photographer or maybe as a musician? How many young people begin their studies without really knowing what they are really suited to? Sometimes parents have a good idea what their child is suited to. Some parents, on the other hand want to fill their own dreams that they could not for whatever reason, and project that occupation on to their own child.


Seeing a career counsellor is a clever step. The interview looks at you, your strengths and weaknesses, your dreams, your previous education and your abilities amongst many other factors. Their job is not only to help you find out what jobs will be suitable for you, but also to advise you if there are available jobs in that particular occupation. For example two hundred years ago a person could find plenty of work as a horse-shoer, a tailor or a butler. Today that translates into a mechanic, an international clothing buyer or a house-keeper.


At the beginning of last century it was easy to get into university to study medicine if one had the money and the inclination. Today only the very top year twelve graduates are accepted into this course. That counsellor will explain what training you will require and how to find that training or apprenticeship. You can also find out what the pay will be for that industry. It may be that you will not be able to support your family on the low wages that are paid in some occupations, or that the hours are rarely full-time. So consider the financial aspect as well as the occupation itself.

Another consideration is the hours that your job requires. A performing musician may have to work most evenings and weekends. Some manufacturing jobs have night shifts which may not suit your family arrangements. Miners may have to work far away from home on a fly-in fly-out arrangement. (FIFO). Heart surgeons and obstetricians are on call day and night, weekends and holidays even if they share after-hours calls amongst themselves. Is this the lifestyle that you and your family really want?


Let’s say that you really like your workplace, but not your particular job. Maybe you could consider moving sideways, qualifying at night for something else in the same company. Today there are options of studying on the internet. For example a debt collector may want to be an accountant in the same company, or a HR driver may want to get a different licence and drive bigger trucks.


Once you have completed your re-training there is the practical experience required for the job, unless you have taken an apprenticeship. Internships are an excellent way of obtaining experience.

Universities have career expos where major companies exhibit on the look-out for graduates. There are companies that specialise in placing interns. Sometimes it is worthwhile to take a long-term view when considering a new job, being prepared to put in a few years working your way up in the company to get to where you want to be. Get to work on the internet to find jobs in your field.


The world is your oyster! Don’t think that you have to stay in your small geographical area. You don’t. There is the whole of Australia and the whole of the world. You could be employed near the beaches of Cairns, in California or in Dubai. Exposure to the international workplace will broaden your experience. Naturally some countries demand specific occupational qualifications that are acceptable to that country. A NSW taxi drivers licence will not be accepted in New York or London if you want to drive taxis there, but you could definitely work in a flower shop if you have the correct work permits and have completed a flower arrangement course.


One of the best things that you ever do for yourself will be moving in the direction that made you happy. If it is plumbing, if it is working as a financial controller or as a primary school teacher, you have made the decision and you are in control of your work-life.

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