Growing up you are told you’ve got the world at your feet and you can be anything you want to be. But sometimes it’s not always the case… when your schooling is over and you have to pick your career, the process can be a stressful one, filled with uncertainties and other concerns which in some cases are out of your control.
Choosing the right career path for you will take some time, research, self-reflection and patience. Sometimes your dream career might not be realistic for you at the get go and may require a set of steps to get there, or perhaps you didn’t get the marks necessary to get into the degree or course you had your heart set on. Either way, plans may shift considerably, so it’s worth taking the time out to ask yourself some questions which will help you to enjoy the process and get closer to the job you want. Here are some powerful questions to get you started:
1. What are you good at?
You know in your heart of hearts the things you are passionate about and what you like doing, but what are the tasks come naturally to you? Another insight, is what do other people say you are good at? Either way, our Skillsroad Career Quiz
can help you explore not only the things you are good at, but also what your natural skillset. It takes 5 mins to do the Skillsroad Career quiz
and you’ll then see your results which will give you some help to answer those burning questions you have on your mind.
2.What education and training do you need?
So you know what you want to do? Amazing! Now you just have to work out how to get yourself there. First step:
1. If it's a uni course your after, work out what marks you need to get into uni.
2. Alternatively, is there a TAFE course or private college you can study at to build the experience you need.
3. Can you study & work at the same time? Check out an apprenticeship or traineeship so you can learn and get paid at the same time!
There will be a path to get you to where you need to be, you just have to take it.
3. Why is it you want to be in that career?
You need to know the answer to this question to progress in your career search and be honest with yourself. Is your motivation money? Pressure from your family? Or can you just not imagine yourself doing anything else? There is no right or wrong answer, this is just a question only you can answer, and by doing so you will work out quickly if you are on the right path.
4. Are there jobs available in this career?
Do your research. Easy tip, start by searching Skillsroad Jobs Board
our to see what apprenticeships, traineeships and entry level roles are available in the field you want to work in. Find out how saturated the market is, where the majority of jobs are located and with that knowledge you can decide if it’s possible that after your studies or course chosen, you will get a job in your field easily.
5. Ask yourself what your non negotiables are.
Are you looking for a career that’s close to home, or do you want to travel abroad? Will your career give you opportunities for growth and a work life balance? These are all fair questions to ask yourself, and by working out what your non-negotiables are you will be able to narrow down the careers that really do suit what you are looking for.
6. What are your personality traits?
Your personality is super important to consider when you’re looking for a career, knowing if you are an introvert (someone who prefers to work alone and thrives in those situations) or extrovert (who prefers to work in groups and loves to chat) can help you to choose a career that works for you. You need to work out if you like leading and influencing projects and people or if you are more inclined to work better in routine situations and concrete activities. That way you will be able to ensure you are looking for a career that suits your personality traits best.
All in all, your first career is just your starting point and chances are you will hold many titles and do a lot of different jobs over your lifetime. So first and foremost the most important thing is your happiness, find a career that balances both your needs and your wants and ensure you are doing something you love, that way just as the saying goes, you’ll never really work a day in your life.
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