If you’re a carer who needs to make a career change in Australia, things can be confusing. You might feel pressure from family and friends to stay in your current job, and it can seem like leaving would be giving up on the people that need you most. But there are lots of reasons why it’s ok for carers to think about their careers and what are some tips to make the transition smoother:

Careers to think about for a new job when their own life changes

There are many reasons why a carer may want to change their career. Some of these include:

  • Boredom – Carers can get bored with the same routine and like a change, but this is not necessarily a bad thing.
  • Frustration – Carers can be frustrated by the lack of career progression and opportunities for promotion in social care.
  • Personal/Career Development Goals – A carer may have career goals that they would like to achieve, such as being promoted or gaining more responsibility in their work role.
  • Changing Needs – A carer may need full-time employment rather than a part-time job because their life changes (for example becoming pregnant).

1. Keep perspective.

Carers can be extremely good at supporting others, but it’s essential to take care of yourself. It can be easy to get lost in the moment and forget that you need a break from it all.

You can look after yourself in many ways while still being there for those who depend on you. If your role is caring for someone else, spend some time looking after yourself by having regular conversations with friends or family members about how things are going; this will allow others to give support too. You may also find it helpful if you share what’s going on with a counselor or therapist (if your employer offers this service). They might be able to help you work through some of the issues that come up when caring for someone else full-time, such as depression and anxiety.

2. Reflect on your transferable skills.

Transferable skills are a set of skills that are useful in many different jobs and contexts. If you have transferable skills, you can use them to get a job in social care, where you will be working with people who need help with their daily lives. 

As a carer, you have many transferable skills that can be applied to other industries as well, not only in the social care industry. To help you reflect on this, think about the following questions:

  • What is the difference between a strength and a weakness?
  • What skills can I use in my new job?

3. Refresh your first-aid knowledge.

First aid courses are available in most areas, and the knowledge you gain from participating in one of the CPR Refresher courses in Bendigo can help you to provide basic care for your loved ones.

Keep up to date with the latest techniques and treatments. You should learn how to use a defibrillator if it is part of your role as a carer, and it’s also important that you know how to treat someone who has had a heart attack as this can be a life-saving treatment if done correctly.

4. Become a support coordinator

You’ve got a lot to offer as a support coordinator. You are empathic, patient, and understanding. You enjoy helping people and have the desire to be there for others when they need it most. This makes you a great candidate for this position because your skills and qualifications align perfectly with what employers are looking for in their staff members.

If you are thinking about becoming a support coordinator, then here is what you should know:

  • What is the work environment like? Support coordinators work in nursing homes, residential care facilities or specialist support coordination providers where they are responsible for coordinating all aspects of client care while ensuring that each resident receives proper treatment from staff members at all times.
  • What kind of salary can I expect? The average annual salary for this job was $41,000 as of May 2017; however, there is also room for advancement within some organizations which means that your salary could increase over time based on performance evaluations (and depending on how much experience has been gained).

5. Find out what you need to know.

When you decide to pursue a careers change, you must find out what you need to know. This includes:

  • What qualifications and training do you need?
  • What are the entry requirements?
  • What are the pay and career progression prospects?
  • What is the job market like for your chosen profession (are there enough jobs)?

Once you have this information, it can help guide which careers would be best suited to your situation.

6. Think about what you want from a career change.

Before you start your job hunt, it’s important to think about what you want from a career change.

  • What are your skills and experience?
  • What are the job roles that you are interested in?
  • What skills do you need to learn?

If there is anything else that could help with your search, like an understanding of how a particular employer works or how much they pay for certain jobs, then let us know. We will do our best to source this information for you and make sure that it is accurate. If we don’t have any information on hand, we may still be able to point you in the direction of someone who might be able to help – so please don’t hesitate if there’s anything else we can do!

7. Explore your options.

One of the first things you may want to do is explore your options. It’s important to look for a job that is related to your previous experience, so make sure you check out similar positions in the same industry. It’s also worth looking at directly related jobs, but perhaps not as closely aligned with your previous occupation as they are with another passion of yours or something else you know about. 

Finally, see if there are any opportunities based on specific skills or interests that you have developed over time. For example, if someone has studied psychology in college and worked as a child psychologist for years, then it would make sense for them to consider careers such as mental health practitioner or even ADHD schools in Brisbane because their degree gives them an advantage when applying for this position compared to other applicants who don’t have such qualifications.


So, if thinking about a careers change, the first thing to do is take a deep breath. Remember that it’s ok to make this decision and that it doesn’t mean you are letting anyone down. You have done an amazing job up until now, so take some time to think about what you want from your working life.