We’d like to introduce Max Burke, one of our other Talent Advisors, as guest writer for this blog. In this post he writes about the challenges of changing careers and how a career quiz can help to make things a little clearer.
The sea of jargon and information facing new applicants entering the disability and community care sector is undoubtedly daunting. Cast out in a small raft amongst lists of pros and cons, warnings and advice from family and friends, it can be a very intimidating time. I like to think of carecareers as the lighthouse atop the cliff, guiding people safely into the calm waters of a new career.However, carecareers does more than just guide you to shore when the waves get a bit rough. The journey isn’t the same for everyone and carecareers won’t leave you without a few paddles to help you find your way safely to shore. The team has spent the last 2 years preparing its ‘paddles’ of fact sheets, resumé tips, training guides, case studies, and of course the sometimes overlooked but extremely useful career quiz. The career quiz, whilst light-hearted in its approach, is an excellent launch point for your new endeavour for two key reasons. Firstly, it forces you to reflect on who you are as you select choices from the pictures provided. Then, the progression leads you to question who you could become in the future. Having done the quiz a few times now, I always find it encourages self reflection about where I am going and what it is that I want to achieve. The second reason the quiz is important is that it highlights the collective journey all candidates take. Regardless of your background, each individual is called to refocus and reinvigorate their career (and arguably their lives). Asking the appropriate questions of you, the quiz embodies the notion that we aren’t alone in our pursuit of change and that there are others out there, in the same sea, looking for the same thing. Realistically, an online careers test will never take the place of sound careers advice offered by carecareers, educational institutions and organisations within the industry. We prefer to think of it as a nudge in the right direction, and ultimately just another paddle that the carecareers team can give you. This paddle isn’t made of wood, though; it’s one of those really flash carbon-fibre ones! Take our fun career quiz now. Smooth sailing, Max
Talent Advisor and Lighthouse Keeper