Changing Career Direction

If you are facing a career transition such as seeking a new career direction in your current school or an external organisation or if you want to seek out a completely different work opportunity, you will find some helpful links and tips here to help you manage your career throughout your life.


The Essential Career Guide is an easy-to-read ebook written by one of Australia’s leading career practitioners. It contains career advice, tips and exercises that you can complete to help you to identify the type of work that you will find satisfying, make good career decisions and develop plans to implement your career choice, including how to job search efficiently and successfully.

You may wish to do a career interest test to focus on your interest preferences and how they relate to the world of work and occupations. The brief RIASEC career interest measure can be downloaded from this website. When you complete the interest measure and the reflective questions at the end, you can use the suggested resources to explore some career possibilities.

You may prefer to work with a qualified career practitioner to guide you through the process of identifying work opportunities and related training that will fit with your lifestyle preferences, personal circumstances, interests, values, skills, knowledge and experience and support you as you take actions to implement your preferred work options. You can search for professional career practitioners on the Career Development Association of Australia (CDAA) website. CDAA also has links to free resources that you are likely to find useful for managing your learning and work transitions.

How to Make Career Decisions Throughout Life

See what's involved in career choice and a guide to good decision-making to help you make career moves within your school, into an external organisation or into another work opportunity.

Thinking About Retirement Soon?

Transitioning to retirement is stage of career development that needs to be managed, just as landing your first job after qualifying, applying for a promotion, updating your skills or changing occupations need to be managed. Just as important as planning for your financial security in retirement is planning the activities that you will engage in to create continuity in your sense of self as you relinquish your work role and take on other activities that complement who you are and would like to be.

  • Some people contemplating retirement may relinquish some of their workload and go part-time as a way of easing from partial to full retirement
  • Some people may relinquish their work current role and seek new learning or work opportunities, for example starting a part-time business in consulting, or perhaps developing an income stream from a hobby
  • Some may want to volunteer or do pro bono work that uses the skills and expertise they developed in their work roles
  • Others may be pleased to have the time to enjoy activities that they were unable to get enough of when working

The resources here are intended to support school staff who are planning what they will fill their life up with as they relinquish their work role and head toward retirement or a new life project.

Search for Volunteering or Job Opportunities

Go Volunteer - search for volunteer roles and projects in a location near you, search for organisations that have volunteer roles, or a category of volunteering of interest to you.

Pro bono Australia - search for job roles that involve working for the common good or search for volunteer roles here you can contribute your skills and expertise.

Seek Volunteering - search for volunteering roles in a location near you.

Going Into Business

Business Australia provides support for individuals wishing to go into business, perhaps starting a consultancy or new business or purchasing an existing business.

Service Clubs

Consider using the expertise and skills you have gained over the years in a community organisation such as:

There are many other sporting, cultural, community service, special interest organisations, groups and causes that you can contribute to at your local level.