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2022 is just around the corner…what’s your next career move? By Heather Bailes

With all the catch phrases we have heard of in 2021, the one I am hearing the most is “The Great Resignation”.

So, what exactly is it? And how does it relate to you?

Personally, I liken 2021 as the ride you got on at the amusement park, that you instantly regretted. The one that you immediately wanted to get off, but you were already strapped in and were now stuck there.

2021 has been hard work. It’s left most of us feeling confused, dizzy, and not knowing which direction they were facing.

People have had enough of 2021. They no longer want to be on the 2021 Roller Coaster and as a result, are rethinking their career or questioning the role of work in their life.

Some employers have adapted accordingly, implementing work from home, and providing their most valuable assets, their people, with more tools and services to help them navigate the “New Normal”

However, for some, this isn’t enough.

Thousands of people have realised that they are no longer willing to simmer away in the boiling pot known as city living. Juggling work, traffic and financial stress is just too much.

People now rate work/life balance much higher on their wish list. Open spaces are now far more appealing. Long distance between family now scares people. They no longer want to risk not being able to see them should we be hit with lockdowns and travel restrictions again.

There is a mass exit from big cities, with people choosing a life in regional areas. 

Greater Melbourne and Sydney were obviously hardest hit by the lockdowns, that we are still navigating our way out of. Thankfully, the upcoming holidays are starting to look a little brighter for most of us.

So, the above truly resonates with you? Well, you are not alone.

Regional Australia has over 70,000 jobs available. These jobs are across multiple sectors including farming & agriculture, hospitality, Aged Care and Mechanical Engineering.

There are some great resources available to help you decide if a regional move if for you, whether it be on your own, or with family.

  • Check out Move to More

Here you can choose a region and get all the latest data on population, service in the area & median house prices. Alternatively, if you aren’t sure where you want to start, answer a couple of questions and they will give you a list of suggestions based on your answers

Click here – Move to More

  • Spend some time looking over our “Create a life you love” planning tool.

Loaded with useful information and real questions to help you map out how to get from your current situation, to your dream life in the regions.

Click Here – Create the life you love resource

  • Attend one of our interactive Information Sessions that are held on the 2nd Thursday of each month. 

Each month we highlight 3 regional areas and cover off everything you need to know about getting the job you want in your dream area.

To register for one of upcoming sessions, Click Here

[*Heather Bailes is the Recruiting Specialist at Work+Stay, an initiative of Settlement Services International [SSI]. Work+Stay is a social enterprise wholly focused on making it easy for regional employers to attract and secure the workforce they need and supporting those newcomers to stay for the long term.] 

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Heather Bailes

About the Author

Heather Bailes is the Recruitment Specialist at Work+Stay, an initiative of Settlement Services International [SSI].