Congratulations. You have reached 50. You have put the kids through high school, and they’re now young, independent adults at University or entering the workforce (now if you could just get them to move out). You’ve had the big party. You have some degree of financial independence. It’s all started you thinking that now may be the time to make that career transition you’ve been dreaming of for some time. If not now, when?

‘What’s my first step towards career transition?’

You’ve probably thrown open the paper or looked at an online job site to see what positions best fit your dream job. You may have even thought about going back to school as one of those “mature age students”. You may have even sent off a few resumes, but have you really thought it through? Is it absolutely clear which direction you want to take next? Have you considered that this next career transition has the potential of either setting you on the right track for life or derailing your career completely? It’s time to sit down and have a discussion with the people who specialise in career transitions?

‘Should I be meeting a recruiter?’

Imagine you’re out on a blind date, and you’re telling the person opposite your life story. They smile back politely, but you notice that they aren’t engaged in what you’re saying. That is what it’s like to discuss your career transition with a recruiter. Now imagine the person sitting opposite is someone you can trust, someone who wants to listen and someone with your best interest at heart. That’s Voquest.

Should I be going back to university or retraining?

Imagine you’re out on a blind date, and you’re telling the person opposite your life story. They smile back politely, but you notice that they aren’t engaged in what you’re saying. That is often what it’s like to discuss your career transition with a recruiter. Now imagine the person sitting opposite is someone you can trust, someone who wants to listen and someone with your best interest at heart. That’s Voquest.

‘What if I’m not sure what I want to do next?’

If that is your current mindset, you are not alone. The majority of clients start their journey feeling lost, or at the least lacking direction. Our service is designed to help them find their way.

As professionals, by the time we reach the middle of our career we often don’t know exactly where we want to go, we just know that where we are today is not where we want to be. This can be an incredibly confronting and terrifying realisation, which is why the majority of people in your position choose to continue to live lives of ‘quiet desperation’, rather than confront these feelings.

How Voquest can help you get back on track

Your personal Voquest consultant will work with you to help distill your desires into a brief, using a combination of psychometric testing and confidential personal interviews and discussions. This brief takes into consideration your immediate needs, as well as your long-term passion. They ensure your energies are only focused on the activities that keep you focused and motivated and help you achieve your career aspirations.

‘What differentiates Voquest from recruiters?’

It’s simple. Recruiters recruit. They ‘spin’ a position to the advantage of their clients, who are employers. You could describe most recruiters as ‘hammers’, and to a hammer, everything looks like a nail. They will try to hammer you into place and if you don’t fit, they will simply move to the next ‘nail.’

With Voquest, you are the client. Yes, you pay for the privilege but in doing so; you earn the right to be the centre of attention. As our client, our sole purpose is to help you achieve your goals. With Voquest, you are appointed your own personal consultant who works with you throughout your career transition journey. They will come to know you, your strengths and even your weaknesses. They become a confidant and your fiercest advocate. Rather than spinning the job to you, they will teach you how to polish and focus your ‘personal career brand’ and recruitment and networking techniques, to prepare you to improve your prospects in your current role or for your ‘ideal’ role and further open up “new opportunities” for you. An integral part of building your personal career brand is developing the ability to powerfully articulate your ‘unique value proposition’. This is the thing that sets you apart from others in the market, and it is only when you become powerful and compelling to yourself, that you will become powerful and compelling to others.

What is Voquests role in placement?

Voquest works closely with its corporate network and C-Level Alumni to find the right match between your needs and the needs of your new employer. We do perform our own executive search function as well as partnering with executive search consultants that agree to follow our cultural and strategic matching process.  as yours and not the corporate’s advocate. The focus of this activity is to ensure that you and your new employer have clear expectations of what you want from each other. This allows you to begin to build your new career journey from a place of mutual trust and respect.

‘How long is the journey with Voquest?’

The length of the journey depends on your needs, capabilities and willingness to embrace and implement change. Some of our clients have a  short term need to fast track the process to improve their chances at finding a new position quickly. Others are in less of a hurry and want to take the time to fully consider their next strategic career move. As mentioned earlier, you are the client and the focus is on helping you achieve your goals, within your timeline. We have products designed to accommodate all career situations.

‘Is Voquest a ‘short-term fix’?’

The short answer is no. Voquest is here for your entire career journey, which may well extend beyond your current transition. You can always come back to your personal advisor to discuss concerns, issues or other career advancement strategies. As a Voquest client you will always be part of our professional network and alumni and can reconnect with us monthly through our Connetworx service.

‘Will I enjoy the Voquest process?’

The Voquest process requires commitment and effort, but the journey should also be enjoyable. It may seem like an indulgence to spend money on such a service that is all about you, but let’s face it, if you’re happy, then you make those around you happier. Earning more money is always great, but it’s hollow if you’re miserable in what you are doing. You’ve spent most of your working life pleasing others and meeting your obligations. Now it’s time to step back and take a moment to focus on your career needs. It’s a smart investment, an enjoyable experience and puts you well ahead of the field as far as career development goes.

‘What’s my first step?’

That one is simple. If you’d like to understand more about how this works, click on the “how we help you” button below. Alternatively, you can click on the “arrange discussion” button to set up a free, confidential discussion with a Voquest consultant.

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