63. Achieving financial and career goals - with Paul Burrows.


Here we are, starting 2021 with a new sense of hope that our lives and careers will get back on track.

As my team and I take a break from working non-stop since the launch of this podcast back in October 2019, I have selected for you a very special episode from our catalog, which I feel is a perfect listen for this time of the year. You may not have heard this episode yet, or if you have, it may be worth re-listening. I have picked it to match the times we live right now, and I feel it will be a great companion as you walk your dog, prepare a meal, or get ready to take action on your New Year’s resolution.

While you’re listening to this oldie but goodie episode, I’m recharging my energy and planning great podcast content and interviews for 2021. So don’t forget to subscribe, follow and if you feel like you’re in the holiday spirit, give us a 5-star review on iTunes as a token of your appreciation for The Job Hunting Podcast. You have no idea how happy it makes me feel to see so many positive reviews on iTunes, and it also helps other professionals find this show and get the career support they need for their job hunting.

About this episode

For Paul Burrows, our guest today, the goal was to become financially independent and having the ability to make choices about where and when we wanted to retire or how much he and his wife wanted to work. Paul is now financially independent, and a few years ago, he decided it was time to retire. He has been a great mentor to other professionals. He takes a keen interest in career development, so I believe he is an excellent fit for this podcast, both with his career experience and knowledge and by having the right mindset to give back and help others achieve their best.

Here are some key take-ways from the interview with Paul:

1 - Redundancy experience:

  • Outplacement services only work to a certain point, but you need to be proactive and do the work yourself.
  • Be informed about what is going on in the corporate world: Paul reads the Australian Financial Review every day. Doing so during redundancy made him strategically choose his next steps.
  • Paul's goal was not to waste his redundancy: I believe he meant both the financial package and the opportunity to Reset His Career!

2 - Career Transition

  • If investing in education, do so for certifications and studies that are an absolute requirement for your career transition: Paul studied to become a Financial Planner, so in his case, the training was a requirement.
  • Understand the difference in status you will experience by shifting careers and sectors and being ok with it: It's a humbling experience.
  • Leverage from your previous career's strengths, your original DNA, to help you springboard and move faster in your new career. Once he gained initial experience as a Financial Planner in Paul's case, his business background got him higher-paying jobs.

3 - Retirement:

  • Test the waters before exiting the job market by doing contract roles and consulting.
  • Understand your personal needs: If you are like Paul's wife and the social interaction and work still brings you joy, financial independence gives you a choice to also continue working, if you wish to!

4 - Financial independence**:

  • Financial independence gives you a choice.
  • Reward yourself by saving, not spending.
  • It's never too late to start planning.
  • Set financial goals.
  • Understand that there will be sacrifices and that it can be tedious.
  • Wealth is not income – wealth is assets.
  • Paul's heroes have been professionals that, with average incomes, were able to achieve financial independence.

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Hello, and welcome! I’m Renata Bernarde, the Host of The Job Hunting Podcast. I’m also a virtual career coach, job hunting expert, and career strategist. I teach professionals in the corporate, non-profit, and public sectors the steps and frameworks to help them find great jobs, change, and advance their careers with confidence and less stress. 

If you are 1) an ambitious professional who is keen to develop a robust career plan, 2) looking to find your next job or promotion, or 3) you want to keep a finger on the pulse of the job market so that when you ready and an opportunity arises, you can hit the ground running – then this podcast is for you.

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I hope you enjoyed this episode; lookout for another great one coming up next week! Ciao for now


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**The information in this podcast is general and does not take into account your personal circumstances, financial needs, and objectives. Before acting on any information, you should consider if it is appropriate to you, and in particular, you should seek independent financial advice.


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