October 14, 2016 / by Nicole Grant / No Comments

Guest Blog Post by Upskilled

An injury that is severe enough to prevent you from being able to continue with your career can be devastating, leading to a radical change to your life and your future. The negative issues that arise in respect of work following a major injury not only stem from the fact that you will not be able to return to work in the short term.

Not being able to go back to the same role in the long term can also create a great deal of anxiety and can make the process of recover even worse.

However, it does not need to be this way, as it is possible to recover from injury and even if you are unable to do what you were able to before, it does not mean that you cannot continue on a different path.

Not being able to continue with an existing career should not prevent you from going into a different career.

Simply considering the fact that it is possible to enter a different career can have a positive effect, helping to improve the process of recovering from an injury.

It is entirely possible to be successful in an entirely different industry, which may be more fulfilling than an initial career that you may have been pushed into or assumed that it was what you wanted straight out of school or university, for example.

There are several steps necessary to begin the process of finding out if you can retrain for a different career, which include:

  • Consider your skills and education – this will play a part in whether you will immediately be able to commence a new career or whether you need to undertake any further training.
  • Take into account what you liked and did not like about your career.
  • Think about what you like to do generally – as the old adage goes, ‘do something you like and you will never work a day in your life’. Accordingly, it is a good idea to think about what it is that you like to do – such as something you do as a hobby – and consider whether it is possible to translate it into a career.
  • Look at your finances – calculate your budget to determine how much money you will need from a salary.
  • Employed or self-employed? – think about whether you want to work for yourself or whether you prefer to be employed.
  • Talk about it – speak to family and friends whose opinions you value and who might be affected by your decision.

Though a major injury can mean an end in one respect, it can also represent a new beginning when you take the opportunity to create something new for yourself.

Rather than focus on the negative, it can be seen as a positive due to the opportunity to take your life in a different and exciting direction.

Looking towards a new career can prove to be an ideal motivator, which will create positive energy that can make recovering from an injury easier.

Retraining can be a great opportunity to determine where else your skills lie, so click here to see how we can help you with this process.

After considering all aspects, you may find it necessary to undertake further training or education in order to assist you in a new career.

When this is the case, you need only come to us to discover the ways in which Upskilled can assist you in this process.

Our wide range of training courses are designed to improve the ability of use while want to change their careers, giving them the skills needed to progress in a profession and/or industry that differs to that in which they originally worked prior to the injury.

By visiting our website, you will find that beginning a new career does not need to be a daunting experience.

You will be able to write a new chapter in the story of your life, without needing to grieve for what went before.

While a major injury can lead to an end in one sense, it can also lead to a new beginning that can give you a new lease of life and help you to discover positives that you never thought possible after the trauma of a major injury.

You will be able to fulfil your dreams and enjoy a career that you never thought would be possible.


Upskilled is a leading Registered Training Organisation (RTO) that innovates the effective and efficient delivery of vocational qualifications and short courses to working professionals, job seekers and school leavers. As one of the largest RTOs in Australia, we partner with businesses and career-minded individuals to secure superior measurable outcomes.