Break the barriers stopping your career goals
Is something stopping you from changing career? Here's how to overcome those barriers.
How many times have you thought about changing your career but given up because it seemed too hard?
This year it’s time to break down the barriers stopping you from achieving your career goals.
Here are the barriers we've heard about, and here are our barrier-breaking solutions.
I don't know where to start.
There's no one around to help me.
- Get information from advisers at industry training organisations, polytechnics and universities.
- Find a career counsellor through Career Development Association of New Zealand (CDANZ)
- Chat online for career information and guidance
I don't know what I need to do to get into that career.
- Chat with someone with a job you like about their career path.
- Check out the entry requirements for 400+ jobs in our jobs database
I have a family and bills, I can't retrain during the day – I need to work.
There's nowhere to study near where I live.
I have no one to look after my kids when I study.
I don't have transport to get to courses.
- Have your work experience assessed (recognition of prior learning) by a university or polytechnic to see if it counts towards a qualification.
- Talk to universities or polytechnics about childcare on campus.
- Check out distance learning options using our courses database so you can study when you want to
- Lifehack website - find online courses you can do at home in your own time
- Learn how micro-credentials can help you upskill
I can't afford to study or retrain.
- Ask at your work about any training opportunities.
- Fees Free website - check if you can get fees-free study
- StudySpy website - find scholarships for study
- GenerosityNZ website - find scholarships for study
- Studylink website - find out about student loans and allowances
- Work and Income website - find out about support if you're on a benefit
I was terrible at study when I was at school.
I left school without any qualifications.
- Talk to advisors at industry training organisations, polytechnics and universities to find out how they support new learners.
- Te Kura website - find out how to get NCEA credits by distance learning
- Studyit website - get study and exam tips
- Literacy Aotearoa website - get help to improve your reading and writing
I don't have all the stuff listed in the job advert.
Apply for the job if:
- You have most of the skills, but not the exact experience.
- They list a skill or experience as ‘desirable’ and not ‘essential’.
- You have skills and experience very similar to what’s listed in the job description. (For example, they want a person with customer service experience in a shop environment, but you have customer service experience working in a call centre).
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Updated 21 Jun 2019