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

career advancement career change career planning redundancy & job loss retirement planning Jan 04, 2021
The Job Hunting Podcast Episode 63


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 it may be worth re-listening if you have. 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.

About this episode

For Paul Burrows, our guest today, the goal was to become financially independent and have 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 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. 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 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 bring 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.

Click here to open the transcript of this episode on our new blog.

Are you new to The Job Hunting Podcast? 

Hello, I’m Renata Bernarde, the Host of The Job Hunting Podcast. I’m also an executive coach, job hunting expert, and career strategist. I teach corporate, non-profit, and public professionals 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 are ready, and an opportunity arises, you can hit the ground running – then this podcast is for you. In addition to The Job Hunting Podcast, I have developed a range of courses and services for professionals in career or job transition. And, of course, I also coach private clients. 

So there is no excuse – I’m determined to help you! I want you to feel empowered, nail your next job, and have the career you want.

Enjoy the episode, and ciao for now!


Renata Bernarde | Job Hunting Expert

[email protected]


I cannot recommend it highly enough.

To my friends and colleagues who are currently job hunting, this podcast is for you. Renata Bernarde and her stellar line up of guests very generously share their perspective, advice, behind-the-scene secrets, tips, and anecdotes. "It's called The Job Hunting Podcast (it is what it says on the tin!) Guests include Anita Ziemer, Michelle Redfern, Mohit Bhargava. I cannot recommend it highly enough. Run. Don't Walk." - LinkedIn post shared by Amber Knight.

We listened, and we both got jobs!

"I am writing to let you know that I got a job. I found The Job Hunting Podcast because a friend of mine recommended it, and he also was successful in his job search. Your podcast tips and chats with guests helped me prepare for my job interview. My new position is a gateway to the organization and will allow me to grow as a professional. Thank you for the incredible work you do! We listened to your episodes and assimilated all the learnings." - Listener from New Zealand.

207. Modernizing Job Applications: Leveraging AI, LinkedIn, and Exp...

206. Strategies for Managing Career Transitions

205. Unlocking SME Career Opportunities: Navigating Small Business ...

204. How to become a gig executive: An interview with Werkling foun...

Don't miss my weekly newsletter! 

Every Tuesday, I'll send you the latest episode of The Job Hunting Podcast, as well as a curated list of news and articles. This way, you will have the best collection of career tips and advice automated to your inbox. You can now focus on assimilating the best content rather than searching for it. And have time to enjoy your life as well!


"I wanted to pass on the news that I start my new role on Monday - and to thank you for the great resources and inspiration you provided, which I found so helpful." - Kate, newsletter subscriber.

We won't send you spam. Unsubscribe at any time.