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Career Transition: Objections and Strategies

“There is nothing permanent except change” – Heraclitus

Everyday around the country, people just like you are considering a career change. And everyday, people just like you avoid taking the bold leap to career engagement and enjoyment. But why?

Many people reading this know they want to make a change, yet understand that career transition is not an easy process. Rather than confront the challenges head on, many choose to remain unfulfilled in their current predicament. The reality is that such a situation is not beneficial for yourself – or for your employer. But rather than merely preaching why you should be bold and strive for the career you are intrinsically desiring, let’s discuss some of the most common reasons for resisting career transition and highlight strategies designed to put you in the best possible position to not only accept, but welcome change.

Objection: ‘It is too risky’

Strategy: Gradual Transition

The fear of the unknown, and the most common reason for resisting career transition. It is natural to be sceptical of change, however, this should not hinder you from reaching your goals. In order to overcome the risk objection, you should seek gradual career transition. Meet with a recruitment advisor, contact industry professionals and educate yourself on what will be required to be successful in your new career. With every step taken, the perceived risk trials further behind.

Objection: ‘I am too old’

Strategy: Utilise your experience

No matter your age, it is never too late to find that role which will suit your circumstances, abilities and experiences. Many  people worry that their age will be detrimental to their employability. The problem with this objection is that it only focuses on the negatives, not the positives that your wealth of experience can bring to potential employers. Demonstrate the skills and knowledge acquired through your experience, and how your adaptability proven over time can be a source of competitive advantage.


Objection: ‘It’s not the right time’

Strategy: Career Planning

On one hand, there is no better time than the present. However, it is perfectly acceptable that right now may not be the ideal time to transition your career, due to a range of personal or professional factors. In this case, use the advantages that time can provide and begin planning your intended change. Create a long-term vision, and importantly, identify your weaknesses and the challenges that may impact upon your plans. Start working today on overcoming them to make your future transition as seamless as possible.

Objection: ‘It will ruin relationships with my current employers’

Strategy: Discuss your personal objectives

Of all the objections to have, this is the best one. It shows you care about your current job and the relationship with your employer. Furthermore, it is likely that you are worried about closing the door on the opportunities you have worked hard to earn over the past years. However, just like with any positive relationship, it should be mutually supportive. The best way to handle a potential breakdown in the relationship is through open communication. Discuss your career objectives with your current employer, and openly state the reasons you are considering a career transition. This conversation alone could work to create more opportunities rather than closing doors.

Objection: ‘I don’t have the right skills’

Strategy: Learning

If you don’t believe you have the right skills to successfully make a career change, there can be only one strategy – acquire them. Find suitable short courses or other means of formal training, in order to not only be skilled in the relevant domain – but qualified. This small but meaningful commitment will shows potential employees that you are adaptable and can be trusted to learn new skills.

Options Consulting Group can assist with Career Transition and Outplacement. Contact us today on (03) 9693 9300 to discuss how we can help you achieve your career objectives.