Why Settle? - SEEK Career Advice


Why Settle?

What we do is often entwined with who we are, yet many of us go through life unfulfilled in our careers. In fact, 56% of Kiwis feel that they have settled in their current careers.

But when we spend so much of our lives at work, why would we settle for second best? Having fulfillment in your job really is possible for everyone and sometimes it’s even the smallest of changes that can make the biggest of differences.

So, if you’re considering a career change but like most others, don’t know where to start, we’ve developed some information to help point you in the right direction.

  • Don’t know where to start?
    Just over one in two Kiwis are considering a career change in the future, but 57% of us have also said that we don’t where to start. And it makes sense, the thought of changing careers is daunting.

    Remember that you don’t have to take a giant leap to start off with, a good first step can be to just put some pen to paper and start brainstorming some initial thoughts.

    To help you with that, we have developed this career planner which will help to guide you through the process.
  • Finding the right career
    Only 44% of us feel like we aren’t reaching our fullest potential in our current job. It’s important to reflect upon your career – what is it that you enjoy doing the most, and what leaves you feeling unfulfilled? Once you know this, it’s much easier to determine what the right job is for you going forward in your career.

    To help you reflect on your career and determine what the right job for you is, check out some of these articles:
  • Gaining the right experience
    Research shows that 86% of us are prepared to take on further learning or education in order to make a career change. But formal learning isn’t the only way to fill the knowledge or experience gaps preventing you from taking the next step in your career, there are many other avenues you can pursue to build skills and experience including volunteering, short courses, networking or even finding a mentor.

    If you are considering volunteering or undertaking a short course check out SEEK Volunteer and SEEK Learning for more information. To learn more about the benefits of having a mentor, have a look at these articles:
  • How family can inspire change
    It’s often the people we spend the most time with that know us the best. If you’re feeling unsure of which direction to take, a great place to start is to ask your loved ones what they think you do well, when do they believe you are your best, and when they think you are most energised. The insights you may gather from these conversations could very well help you determine what job or career you may want to pursue.

    To better understand the importance of talking to family members about career change, and how to go about it check out these articles:
  • Money and changing careers
    Money has been identified as one of the main barriers to making a career change. It’s important to remember that you don’t need to make financial decisions all on your own – talking to family members or seeking the expertise of a financial adviser may help you uncover opportunities you never thought were possible. This, in turn, may alleviate some of your concerns and apprehension towards making a career change.

    To help you get your finances in order before you make a career change, read through these articles:
  • The power of transferable skills
    Often when we make a career change we become overly focused on what we don’t have, opposed to what we do. Survey results show that employers believe that transferable skills help candidates stand out more than just formal qualifications alone. Once you can identify your transferable skills, you can determine where and how you will fit into a particular role or industry – strengthening not only your confidence in your abilities but also your job applications.

    Have you considered what your transferable skills are? Learn more about transferable skill here: