No matter where you are in life, if you’ve just finished high school or are looking to re-join the workforce, choosing a career can be a daunting decision. There are so many different pathways to take, so how do you choose?
Although we can’t tell you what your career path should be, consideration of the below factors will help in your decision-making and bring you closer to your dream career!
What motivates you?
Think about what drives you, your goals, and where your passion stems from. People often say follow your passion, but it’s not that simple. No one ever has just one goal and not everything you do can provide a stable income. Make an informed decision that is realistic and sustainable. Building a career out of something you love will drive your motivation for success and give you a fulfilling career.
Do your research and figure out what you need to do to land that job. Use your online investigation skills to research potential employers and job requirements. Determine if there are any educational requirements for your desired career. Do you have to study a certificate, or complete a diploma or degree? Have a look at job advertisements for your ideal role and see what employers are seeking. Equip yourself with the relevant skills set via education and work experience.
Trial and error
Get a taste of what it’s like to work in your ideal role through work experience, apprenticeships, internships and volunteer work. Get out in the industry and give it a go. You don’t have to commit to anything right away, which means you have time to figure out whether or not you like it.
TAFEs like Box Hill Institute and universities have open days, information sessions, and taster masterclasses that you can attend for free. Here you can find out more about your targeted industry, network with expert teachers, and talk to current students and alumni.
Surround yourself with people who are already working in the field. These people can give you advice, mentor you, and help you get where you want to be.
There are also plenty of opportunities for you to speak to a professional. In Victoria, Skills and Job Centres exist to provide expert advice on training and employment opportunities. Skills and Job Centres are based at Victorian TAFEs and are staffed by professionals who can provide you with career advice, resume writing tips, help with job searching, and more.
This article is sponsored by Box Hill Institute