Ready for a career change?

Find out if you need a career change.

Do you need a career change?

Do you need to change your career or just need to simplify your life and do more fun things?

You can use online tools to figure out where you are at with your career and life.

What do you want from a new job?

What do you want from a new job? Ask yourself a few questions.

  • Do you feel like doing something more challenging or motivating?
  • Do you want a big change in a new field?
  • Do you need a job that is more in line with your values?
  • Do you need a job that works around your home, community and interests?
  • Do you want greater responsibility?

Use our worksheet to work out what you want.

Do you want a higher income?

Higher qualifications usually lead to higher incomes so doing some study is a good way to start making a career change. You can do NCEA, tertiary or trade training online or by distance learning. 

If you’ve been working in a job for several years you may be able to credit your work experience and skills towards a qualification through a process called recognition of current competence.

I knew it was time to try something new, but I wasn't entirely sure what to do next. I spent a couple of sessions working with a career counsellor, and I also used a software program to assess my skills and interests, which gave me a bull's-eye with lots of different options.

Greg Ward

Greg Ward

Architectural Technician

What to consider before making a change

Changing careers can impact all aspects of your life. Think about:

  • how your change will affect those closest to you
  • how your change will work with the commitments in your life such as sport, family, community life
  • how your change will affect your financial situation
  • what you are willing to give up to change your career.

I can remember when we first bought the orchard and our friend in Wellington said, 'I wish we could do that'. I said, 'Well you can – we don’t know any more than you'. But we were prepared to change what we were doing, because we weren’t happy with what we had.

Steve Woulfe

Steve Woulfe

Organic Adviser

How to start making a change

Now that you've decided you're ready for a change, it's time to get things started.


Sonny Ngatai was training as a doctor when he was offered the chance to be a TV presenter (Video - 2:01mins).

Johnson Raela: Kia Ora. Today, we are having a chat to television presenter Sonny Ngatai.

Sonny: When I first thought of presenters I thought that they get given their lines to do, then they sit on a couch, the famous person walks in, they read their lines, they have a good conversation and then that’s it…

Johnson: Oh some still do that!

Sonny: But there’s actually a lot of work that actually goes on behind, like you have to learn your scripts, you have to – when you research someone – you have to really understand them before you even meet them, you have to almost know them better than they know themselves.

When I was about to leave school I wanted to be a doctor. Being a doctor was my biggest dream. So then I did everything, I signed up, I got everything all planned out and then I went to university, did my first year and I hated it! Like absolutely did not enjoy it. In between that, I had shoots for the web-show, and every time I would get any message from Vicki about "oh can you write us this", or "we have a shoot coming up, are you available?" or anything like that, it would just give me the biggest smile on my face! And I knew from there that being a doctor just wasn’t for me.

If I’m to look at this as a spectrum, the biggest highlight of my life so far would be, being able to make that decision and have the opportunity to be on a TV show.

Kia Ora, here are my five tips to becoming a TV presenter!

Tip number one: copy other presenters.

Tip number two: if you’re serious about being a presenter, make a show reel or an audition tape.

Tip number three: take every opportunity. Every opportunity that comes knocking on your door, take it and don’t be afraid.

Tip number four: manners! Always be nice! No one likes a stink guy.

Tip number five: get a CV and send it out. Employees love keen beans.


Updated 17 Aug 2018