Resilience is the New Year Word Featuring Tim Phelps

Happy holidays is something we will hear a lot, very soon.

But for some of us, we are looking for ways to become happier.

For those looking to change their current position, or even career track, what do you do?

Things are slowing down, and people are speeding up to take off for the holidays.

What can you do now to prepare for the New Year?


Listen to a successful recruitment professional. Tim Phelps was kind enough to share his insight in an interview, outlining what millennials can do to prepare for any career changes heading into the New Year. He is the General Manager at GTES Complete Apprenticeship Management.

Below is Tim’s bio.

Tim is the current General Manager of local not-for-profit company GTES. Tim completed his Bachelor of Business Degree at Charles Sturt University and has over 15 years experience in Management/HR. Tim PhelpsTim understands the value of human capital in an organisation and he applies his knowledge to not only making GTES a better company but to improve GTES’ client businesses as well.

Tim also has a good understanding of corporate governance principles, given he has reported to a volunteer Board of Directors for many years now in his role at GTES. Tim is also a current Director of the Wagga Wagga Business Chamber. Tim is a Certified Professional Member of the Australian Human Resources Institute and as well as his Management Degree also holds qualifications in Work Health & Safety, Training & Assessment and Return-To-Work Coordination. Tim has been a volunteer mentor to disadvantaged high school students and has also worked extensively to improve employment outcomes within the local indigenous community.




Below is his insight, aimed at helping millennials make sense of their careers, and what to do in the New Year to prepare for any career changes.


What should millennials prepare for if they are thinking about changing their career path, for the New Year?

They should focus on the basics first. Their resumes, cover letters and qualifications need to be done well for whatever career move they make.

Also, they need to consider their contacts. Are you talking to the right people, and are you doing it online, verbally or face to face? You need to work your contacts to find out your options and where you will find opportunities.


Pre-empt Employer Expectations

Do some research on what employers expect in the area you want to move into. You need to know what they want from you, in terms of job requirements and general expectations.


What should millennials do before deciding to change jobs, or find their career opportunities elsewhere?

There are communication barriers between managers and millennials, especially if there is a big age gap. It would be best if you talk to someone that can give advice on the opportunities available in your current organisation. But often it’s a risky move, as your supervisor may take it as a hint that you are going to move jobs.


Talk to someone that isn’t your direct supervisor, someone that you trust. Ask about your career prospects, and how to achieve them in your current position.

Or you can talk to someone outside your company. Ask any senior professionals you know, or a mentor or business people. Anyone that you respect, ask for advice in whether you are on the right track in your current position.


What sort of questions should millennials ask themselves, before moving jobs?

You need to look at why you want to leave, and if they are the right reasons.

A lot of common reasons why people leave their jobs is personal conflict. Conflict with their co-workers, with their managers, often it’s of a personal nature. See how you can resolve these issues in a professional manner, before deciding to leave.


Consider the purpose of your role and your organisation. Do you believe in the mission statement, and the values of your company? Are you satisfied with what your role gives you, in terms of responsibilities and rewards?
Question your intentions in what you want, and see if you can investigate. Opportunities may be present in your current workplace.

If you aren’t progressing, and you don’t believe in what you do anymore, it may be time to look for other options.


What do you look for in an employee, if you were hiring someone?

It’s all about attitude. You may get a highly qualified employee that doesn’t have the right attitude, who takes everything personally.

Someone that has the right attitude is critical. The technical side of a job is something they can be taught and trained. A person that can take a few knocks, not take things personally and is resilient is a good job candidate, in my opinion.


And this falls into soft skills. Interpersonal skills is one thing, but someone that is resilient and able to shrug off conflict and deal with it in a professional manner is an ideal employee.


What would be one piece of advice you would give to millennials for their careers, for the New Year?

A lot of us are told to work in what we burn for, our passions. Find work that is like your hobby.

The reality is, this rarely happens. Having the right attitude, and being resilient is important.

Think of your current role as one where you are searching for opportunities and growth. Learn and seek to expand upon your experiences, where it may indeed push you to change career paths.


But be resilient and know that you have to look below your feet first. Do your current role justice, and do it to the best of your ability; opportunities and new avenues may open.

And even if you decide to move, don’t burn bridges.


Think long term.



Thank you Tim, for sharing your insight and time. Please check out GTES, if you are looking to build your career as they provide apprenticeship and traineeship services.



What do you think? How do you prepare for changing your career path?

Please share your insight and advice in the comments below.

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