Sunday 20 October 2019
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Five tips to help get you on the right career path


Knowing what you want to do once you have left school and knowing how to go about turning your dreams into a reality are not things that come easy to everyone. The reality is that it is not just about the marks that you got at school, it is about much more than that. It is about being able to see your way into the future and figure out where you would like to end up, and then work it back to fathom how you are going to get there. To help with the process, here are a few tips to help set you on eh right career path.

Know your strengths

Assess your strengths and weakness to find out what you are good at. If your school has a guidance counsellor, speak to them about aptitude tests. You can also go online and search for personality and skills tests that will help you understand your strengths. More importantly though, just be honest with yourself. For instance, if you love baking or spending time in eth kitchen then maybe you should think about doing your certificate iv commercial cookery. It might not be something that you studied at school, but it harnesses your strengths and interests and will turn them into a qualification that makes it far easier to get a job.

Do your research

Knowledge is power, and the more you know the better able you will be to make an informed decision. Read lots. The more you read the more you will learn, and the more possibilities will open up. The internet is your friend and it’s packed with information that can help inform your decision. Once you have picked a career that interests you, research it thoroughly.

Get the inside track

Continuing from the above, once you have an idea of what it is that you want to do, reach out to somebody who is employed in that role. Spend time shadowing them on their job to see if it is everything that you think it is. If you want to be an airline pilot, start by finding a job that is in the travel sector and which gets you into the vicinity of an airport. Meet the right people. Maybe you have to start as a steward or a stewardess or even the air-force. But keep your eye on the prize and keep working towards it. Enjoy the journey and know that it is okay not to know exactly what you want to do, recognize that it is a journey, not a destination.  There is so much to learn along the way.  Pay close attention to everything you learn because it will come in handy one day.

Keep your options open

There are great courses for people still finding the way forward in terms of careers such as a Bachelor of Arts, or a social science degree They are courses that teach you to think, expose you to new ideas and expand your mind exponentially. Once finished, you are well on the road to any number of careers, including teaching, law, journalism, international relations and a whole lot more.