If you are looking at what you can do, what you would
be most suited to, and how you can get that perfect
job, a career consultant can help.
Career consultants look specifically at your career
future - what you want to be doing, what you're best
suited to and how to get there.
If you want a slightly broader approach, a Life
Coach can also help. They will not only look at
your career options, but also your personal motivations
and how the career choices fit into your life, and perhaps
what needs to change to accommodate them.
A number of the recruitment agencies have a department
that looks at career options, but there are also specialists
products and services you can use.
Finding a Career expert
Career Consultants/Career Coaches
I have listed a few examples below. If you have any
recommendations, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Career Clarity (www.careerclarity.com.au)
provide individual career counseling and coaching to
help you reach your career potential.
Katie Roberts Career Consulting (www.katieroberts.com.au)
provides career assessments using an Interests Assessment
or Myers-Briggs analysis and also looks ar resumes and
interview training. There is a face to face option,
but there are also assessment options on line.
Having had some time out of the work force with the
children, it might be as simple as updating your resume
and making sure you market yourself well to get that
Resume by Design (www.resumebydesign.com.au)
specialise in resume design and strategy, career guidance
and direction, job search skills and application and
interview coaching and mentoring.
Resumes for Results (www.resumes.net.au)
provide resume writing services, help with application
letters and response to interview questions. They also
provide career coaching and interview coaching.
(Interestingly, they also provide franchise opportunities
and advertise them as flexible, work from home. If you
have experience in HR and recruitment, maybe this is
Specific Advice for Mums
Personally, if I was looking for a career consultant
at this stage in life, I would look for one who specialises
in mums returning to work, or women in the workforce,
so the focus is on the work life balance as opposed
to just your career.
One website I have found that has some useful resources,
is Mums at Work (www.mumsatwork.com.au)
The focus of this site is balancing a rewarding career
with having a family. The consultants themselves are
working parents, so they have first hand experience.
They can provide career guidance, help with job hunting,
and resume preparation. They also have links to online
Personal Experience with Career Consultants
Even before having the kids, I knew I was not in the
right career, but I had no real idea of what I wanted
to do, or how to go about making a change. I tried two
different types of career consultants.
- The first offered a standard approach which involved
computer assisted testing to analyse my personality
and preferences and what would best suit me. Personally
I found this to be a bit of a waste of time, as I think
I know myself pretty well and felt at the end of the
process, the consultant also knew me fairly well, but
it didn’t go any further. I paid A$900 to ultimately
get to the point where someone else knew as much about
my preferences and skills as I do. To go any further
with this information would have cost a lot more, and
I chose to complain, got my money back and went elsewhere.
I guess I’m saying the tests were fairly accurate,
so if you’ve not done much self analysis, it’d
be worth giving it a go, but don’t expect a full
solution without a lot more expense.
- The second approach was more personal and involved
a one on one brain storming session in which we talked
through various options and the practicalities of each.
This required me to have an idea or two as to which
direction I wanted to go in.
If you are going in to a career consultant with a blank
bit of paper, I’d suggest the analysis first.
And it doesn't have to cost as much as I originally
You can now find career consultants or career coaches
who work online or over the phone with you, reducing
the cost considerably.