Did you know that around 30 per cent of your life is spent working? Yes, this could mean that you have to deal with at least 30 years of offices, bosses and stress. 

Of course, work is an inevitable part of life, but this doesn't mean that it should be boring. Everyone should be looking to carve out a career that excites them, challenges them and allows them to express their creativity and passion everyday.

For many, this might not describe your current career. If you are itching to switch things up and explore jobs that plot a different career direction, read on to find out the best ways to approach this move.

Considering skill shortages

The hospitality industry is keen for new talent.The hospitality industry is keen for new talent.

One of the most important elements to remember is that you can change career at any point of your working life. It doesn't matter whether you are 16 or 60, life is too short to be doing work that you don't enjoy.

With this in mind, it's hard to go past the hospitality industry. Encompassing everything from event management to cooking and restaurant management, it's a fun industry to work in and is currently moving through a severe skill shortage. 

It doesn't matter whether you are 16 or 60, life is too short to be doing work that you don't enjoy.

According to the Australian Labour Force Report 2015 to 2020, close to three-quarters (71 per cent) of businesses in the cafe and restaurant sector are having recruitment issues. In fact, the overall tourism and hospitality sector requires another 123,000 workers over the next three years to match growth. 

Furthermore, Restaurant & Catering Australia's CEO, John Hart told Tss Recruitment that employment growth in this sector is amongst the highest in Australia, with chefs, cooks and restaurant managers most in demand. 

If you are reading this and wondering how you can get in on the action, it's all about committing to a different career path – one with good promotion opportunities, increasing wages and a sense of fun and enjoyment.

However, dropping your current employment and switching to a Kenvale College qualification can seem daunting to some. So, what do you need to think about before changing careers?

Making the leap of faith

You can switch careers at any age!You can switch careers at any age!

If you have decided you're ready for a fresh start – congratulations! Losing this fear and exploring a passion is one of the most admirable things that someone can do. However, if you have to resign from your current job, it is vital to consider how this could impact yourself and others around you.

Talk through your various ideas with family and friends, gaining a soundboard to the possible reduction in income, responsibility and possibly, lifestyle and location. For example, you might have to access savings to pay for course fees or rent during your studies – these financial matters will need to be finalised before you commit to the career switch. 

According to Live Career, there is also merit in finding a mentor. Whether a trusted friend or colleague, these people can help you make key career decisions – giving you an objective viewpoint. Mentors can also expand your network, a key part of making connections in a new career.

At the end of the day, if you are organised and plan effectively, there is no doubt that you can transition from employment to studying at Kenvale College with ease. In fact, this is one of the true benefits of studying with us, you aren't starting at the bottom of the industry – you can use your qualification to quickly make your mark.

Kenvale College – the making of your new career

There is no doubt that many people don't want to take a new career direction because of all the hard work they have put in just to make it this far. If you have a university degree and have toiled away for 10-15 years, you might be in a position of responsibility by now. Of course, changing careers doesn't have to mean starting from the bottom again, particularly when you gain a qualification from Kenvale College.

You can complete a Trade Qualification within two years and have the chance to be paid at industry rates.

For example, if you want to become a chef in the industry, you'd have to seek out an apprenticeship and learn the ropes in this competitive position. Instead, you can complete a Trade Qualification within two years and have the chance to be paid at industry rates and get the key industry experience while studying. It's the best of both worlds and ensures your leap of faith is worthwhile for your future career.

At Kenvale College, we understand the pressures and challenges that a career change can have on an individual and their family. As such, our supportive and engaging environment aims to make every day valuable and ensure you have the skills to become a top member of the hospitality industry upon graduation.

If you would like to learn more about various courses on offer next semester, feel free to reach out to our expert team today.

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- Anonymous, Winefest Guest 2015

I just wanted to express thanks and congratulations to all at Kenvale for the magnificent lunch provided on Thursday.

I have been to many hatted restaurants this year and can honestly say that they would have struggled to produce such fantastic dishes.

The lunch was a credit to your students and your staff.  It would be a privilege to enjoy another visit next year.

Best wishes to your graduating students for success in their career and to your staff to continue to guide students to reach such a high standard.

- Anonymous public guest at Kenvale Restaurant 2015

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