Career Woman

Stuck in a rut? It might be time to change careers

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Know when it’s time to change direction, u-turn or switch streets altogether. We all know a little change can be uncomfortable, particularly when it involves making those big decisions such as diving into a new job or even a new industry.

The unfortunate casualty — women sometimes choose to ‘opt out’ completely.

Whether it’s going back to university or changing industries altogether, deciding to make a career change is not an easy decision.

For me, my nursing training was a solid base in building an international manufacturing skincare company.

But even then, going through the challenge of setting up a business, there were many times when I felt like giving it all away.

Never too old to learn

One of the biggest taboos it seems in business is the phrase “I don’t know”.

It’s a phrase I’m not afraid to admit I have used many times in my career, but there is no shame in not knowing the solution to a question or problem.

It’s a reality one has to accept in a new career as we don’t know all the answers right away.

This is why educating yourself is extremely important and why I’m a huge advocate for research.

Education and upskilling is constantly a work in progress for me – I like to ask a lot of questions.

Back yourself

It wasn’t an easy decision to make the career leap from the female dominated nursing sector to the male dominated manufacturing industry.

However, breaking down the barrier for women to enter manufacturing meant I had to back myself 100 per cent and trust in my ability.

There will always be people who want to give “advice” but do be selective who you listen to.

I have been told by journalists several times over the past 20 years that I am the only female CEO they have interviewed in the manufacturing industry – a sad reality that I am hoping will change.

Be committed

I have been extremely fortunate to see my business Botany Essentials, not only break into the domestic market, but also become an international exporter of skincare products worldwide.

Today, 80 per cent or more of everything we manufacture, we export. That’s 100 per cent Australian-made natural skincare products being exported to over 30 countries.

This culminated in being recognised with multiple international awards in our field beating out major international skincare players such as Nivea.

I’m a strong believer that this success has been driven by a belief in myself and a firm commitment to the cause.

I think all women are capable of achieving amazing success as long as we back ourselves and tackle the challenge. Here are my top 5 tips for changing careers: 

  1. Research, research and research. Read and ask as much as you can both before you start your career change and throughout your journey.
  2. Don’t be afraid to question. You will be surprised how much information people are willing to share with you.
  3. Accept the challenge. The first few years may be difficult but if you are passionate you’re halfway there (if it was easy everyone would be doing it).
  4. Don’t give up. Working for yourself will be one of the hardest things you can do but it can also be the most rewarding.
  5. Teachable moments. Continuously learn from your mistakes and be sure to celebrate the wins

About Celestine Hade

Celestine Hade is CEO of Botany Essentials a global manufacturer of skincare beauty products.Please connect with her on Facebook or Instagram.

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