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5 Tips for Using Your Existing Knowledge, Expertise & Skills as a Gateway to a New Career

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Your GatewayWhat if you wanted to change careers after completing your studies or working for many years in your qualified industry? It’s never too late. You would have developed many skills and knowledge that are transferable to other industries and positions. You can use what you already know to explore other employment opportunities. Let’s have a closer look at what some of these important areas are:

  1. Time Management Skills

There are always deadlines or time-frames in which work needs to be completed for most roles. Time management not only encompasses this, but also the ability to be organised and structures. This by far one of the strongest areas you can transfer to a new job or career but putting into place the skills you know whilst learning a new position and then doing the actual job once trained up.

  1. Communication Skills

This is another beauty. You will always need to be communicating in any role you do, whether that is with colleagues or with clients, the skill set in this area can really take you places. Being a good communicator allows you to not only get your own messages across but to also listen and learn from others. This is significantly important when taking on a new career as you are quite possibly learning a large amount within the first 2 to 3 months before putting that new knowledge into practice.

  1. Training Skills

It’s just a fact of life; people take on new roles and leave those roles for various reasons. But again, no matter what industry or area you are working in, there will always be training. Through your own job travels, you would have been asked to teach someone new when they came on board, and assist with part of their development. By being the trainer, you come to understand what you need when being trained. This skill gives you the ability to help structure some of your own learning in the best way that suits your own learning patterns.

  1. Specialised Expertise

With particular qualifications and experience, you can actually branch out into a different career path. For example an electrical engineer can move on to be an Intellectual Property lawyer for that area. Or a site manager specialising in building and construction can become a University or Tafe lecturer. The sky really is the limit, and the only thing that’s in your way, is the ability to realise this.

  1. Programs & Online Resources

A large number of positions require you to learn and know how to use specific programs or access [easyazon_link asin=”B00JOGLOU6″ locale=”US” new_window=”default” nofollow=”default” tag=”caree07-20″ add_to_cart=”default” cloaking=”default” localization=”default” popups=”default”]online resources[/easyazon_link]. This is another skill you can transfer to your new career. They may not be identical in nature or use, but you would have used a method to learn these programs and access resources to help you do your job.


Don’t give up on following your true calling and spreading your wings to reach your maximum potential.

You really are your own road block. If you are thinking about a new opportunity, reach out to those in that field and obtain some feedback based on their real life experiences. It’s also a good way to learn about the positives and negatives of that career (no, not everything is roses!) It can definitely help you decide whether it’s worth taking that leap, and finally working in the area you have always wanted to.


Doreen Brown is a PR & Digital Analyst who is currently working with clients from various industries, including IP specialists Fisher Adams Kelly. Doreen decided to follow her true digital passion after spending many years in the financial services area. She is living proof that it’s never too late to change career paths and follow your desired dream.

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