Initial Ideas (Career Planning)
After you have created a Career Profile for yourself on MyFuture (to learn a little more about yourself and the world of work), we would like you to tell us a little more about what does (and does not) interest you. Please complete the following activities in preparation for your one-on-one meeting with your Career Practitioner.
Can you name 2-3 career paths or occupations that interest you right now? Even if it is a job that you have heard about and thought "wow, that sounds interesting" or perhaps an occupation that was suggested from a carer profiling tool that has captured your attention.
Now visit joboutlook.gov.au and search on your preferred occupation. It is important to identify our preferred career paths, but it helps if we know that job opportunities will be available and have a liklihood of sustainability and future growth. Use the information you find on Job Outlook to answer the following questions about your preferred occupation:
Hint: A lower unemployment rate shows people who work in this job are less likely to be out of work than people who work in other jobs.
Note: In general, the higher the skill level, the more formal education and training, previous experience or on-the-job training needed to be good at the job. Entry level jobs often need no prior training or experience.
Hint: you may not have had paid work experience that has demonstrated your ability to master these skills, however, perhaps there is a hobby, interest, training or study that you have completed that helps you to demonstrate this transferable skill. That is what an employer will want to hear about, both in your job application and at interview, if they are considering you for this type of work.
Ideally, the research tasks that you just undertook will give you confidence that you are making practical and realistic plans for this stage in your career. If not, perhaps reconsider - it is important to be well informed and make the most of the jobs that are available now. Also, remember that few of us land our dream jobs straight away - if the job that you are wanting to apply for requires a higher level of skill/experience, should you be focussing your job search right now on entry-level jobs that you could use as a stepping stone?