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Ten Top Tips for Career Moves from Women-Space Australia

Updated: Dec 6, 2023



Top career move tips shared by Panellists from the Planning your Career Moves in 2024 Webinar.



1. Find a mentor - formal or informal, who can give you honest feedback and be a critical friend.


2. Create a plan and make a start. What do you need to do to make the career move you need or desire? Your planning may include identifying the additional training or skill development you need, identifying referees, updating your CV and ensuring the information is impactful (have both a short 2-page and a more detailed version prepared), and making a list of the most relevant recruiters for the roles you are targeting. It is important to schedule and dedicate regular time to take action on your plan. Having a roadmap is helpful to close any gaps you may have, give you confidence, and help you reflect on your value proposition and your talents.


3. Know your brand, goals, purpose, and uniqueness. Your brand highlights your strengths, sets you apart from others, and enables you to be uniquely you. Using "I" is essential to articulate the achievements and unique value you bring. Refresh your brand across your professional social media sites and professional communications so that you demonstrate a congruent brand and profile. Take the time to reflect on your career goals, your purpose, and your values so you can move forward with clarity.


4. Allow yourself to be drawn to what energises you. If you feel you are not on the right path (or not even sure where the path is), notice where the energy is, focus on the things in your control, reflect regularly, adapt accordingly, and surround yourself with people who inspire you.

5. Take opportunities when they present themselves and make connections! In times of rapid change, a broad career aspiration may be more fit-for-purpose than a detailed career master plan, to allow you the flexibility to consider different opportunities you may not have considered that will get you closer to your next career goal.

If an opportunity presents, reach out promptly with a short and polite communication – consider sending a brief introductory email. Don’t ask questions for the sake of it, and convey clearly the value you offer the role and the organisation to stand out from your competition. Seizing opportunities when they present are also a good opportunity for you to act early and get a feel if the role and the organisation is the right fit for you before you invest your time any further.

6. Always complete ‘due diligence’. Any career change requires research. Purposively seek out trustworthy sources to obtain ‘insider’ information about future employers. Always go into any new role with your eyes wide open – you may still decide to take the leap even after learning about potential difficulties or issues, but at least it will not come as a surprise!

7. Engage with your networks and express your goals. Find out how others you admire recently achieved their career moves. Let people in your network know that you are seeking other opportunities to increase your visibility for potential opportunities. Ask suitable people within your network to warm refer you to others within their networks for possible roles coming up that you may be suitable for.


8. Observe. Learning from people who inspire you is key in your career transition and for your professional development. Observe their characteristics, qualities, behaviours, and communication styles and consider which of those will strengthen your presence and influence when the next career opportunity arises.


9. Find a Sponsor. Seek out people who can sponsor you for a new opportunity. Universities Australia Executive Women’s Group have developed guidelines for gender‑inclusive sponsorship. Sponsorship: Creating Career Opportunities for Women in Higher Education is a useful guide to understanding and establishing sponsorship for your career, and the resource outlines how senior leaders can actively create opportunities to develop the skills and careers of their staff.


10. Connect with your Inner Mentor. You hold the most powerful wisdom you can access to navigate your career. Tara Mohr, author of the book Playing Big, offers free access to a guided visualisation to Meet Your Inner Mentor and find answers, seek clarity in new directions, and find solace during times of change and decision-making.



Need support?

Women-Space Australia offers mentoring and career support services. To book a free consultation, please get in touch via email at naomi@tertiaryedx.com.au



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