Can I fur­ther my ca­reer by mov­ing to a job in the coun­try?

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Rookie ANNE-MARIE DOLAN HR Leader, Aus­tralian Hu­man Re­sources In­sti­tute

GET­TING ex­pe­ri­ence in dif­fer­ent en­vi­ron­ments can as­sist with pro­gress­ing your ca­reer. In some in­dus­tries, it can be an ad­van­tage to take up op­por­tu­ni­ties in re­gional ar­eas be­cause there is likely to be greater com­pe­ti­tion for po­si­tions in met­ro­pol­i­tan ar­eas. Work­ing in a re­gional cen­tre may also al­low greater in­volve­ment in a lo­cal com­mu­nity and present op­por­tu­ni­ties to take up lead­er­ship roles on com­mit­tees, coun­cils and other com­mu­nity groups. While not for ev­ery­one, there are ben­e­fits to be gained from look­ing out­side of cap­i­tal cities for ca­reer pro­gres­sion.

Mid-ca­reer KEL­LIE RIGG Gen­eral man­ager, HR So­lu­tions Rand­stad

A JOB in the coun­try can of­fer nu­mer­ous re­wards pro­fes­sion­ally and per­son­ally. For most peo­ple, it rep­re­sents more than just a ca­reer shift; it’s an en­tire life­style change. While a ca­reer change in the coun­try might be a chance to gain a bet­ter work/life bal­ance and make a stronger con­tri­bu­tion to the com­mu­nity, it can also pro­vide an ex­cel­lent op­por­tu­nity for you to work with greater au­ton­omy and broaden your skill set. Most de­mand for work­ers is in ed­u­ca­tion, health­care and agri­cul­ture. Be­fore you take the plunge, speak with oth­ers who have made a sim­i­lar move.

Ex­pe­ri­enced TIM ROCHE Prac­tice leader, Right Man­age­ment Ca­reer Tran­si­tion

THE em­ploy­ment sec­tors most preva­lent across re­gional ar­eas in­clude health­care and so­cial as­sis­tance, re­tail, con­struc­tion, agri­cul­ture, hos­pi­tal­ity, ed­u­ca­tion and train­ing and public ad­min­is­tra­tion. It’s there­fore im­por­tant that you have a good level of demon­strated ex­per­tise in at least one of these cat­e­gories. You need to clearly de­fine a par­tic­u­lar re­gion to en­sure that your job search is tar­geted and looks at ad­ver­tised and un­ad­ver­tised op­por­tu­ni­ties and the time it will take to un­cover an op­por­tu­nity, es­pe­cially when it in­volves a re­lo­ca­tion – nine to 12 months is a good rule of thumb.

The Ex­pert KATE SOUTHAM Ed­i­tor

WHAT’S the plan? Mov­ing to the coun­try is not a stand-alone ca­reer move. How­ever, if the move to the coun­try is part of a strat­egy, then fan­tas­tic. For ex­am­ple, let’s say you work in a cafe in the city and have a love of wine. Mov­ing to a wine dis­trict, get­ting a re­tail job in a cel­lar door then us­ing that ex­pe­ri­ence to land a mar­ket­ing role with the wine­maker and even study­ing for a mar­ket­ing qual­i­fi­ca­tion or some­thing re­lated to wine would be a great ca­reer move. Ditto if you were a nurse or po­lice of­fi­cer mov­ing to a coun­try hospi­tal or sta­tion to as­sume a more se­nior role.

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