For young people considering their future career path, the number of options and pathways available can be quite overwhelming. Effective career planning can assist you in selecting and pursuing a fulfilling career that suits your individual skills, personality and experience.
How to Choose a Career
Selecting the type of career you want to pursue is the first step towards planning for your future. Doing your research and putting thought and consideration in to your decision can result in a successful and fulfilling career later on.
There are hundreds of career options available to you and taking the time to learn about your own values, interests, skills and personality traits will help you to identify which pathways you should pursue.
The Victorian Department of Education and Early Childhood Development has developed a Career Action Plan which contains a range of components that develop progressively across Years 7 to 10. The components reflect the three stages of career development, including:
My Profile: Self-development information to assist young people to understand themselves and the influences on them through identification of interests, values and skills.
My Progress: Self-development information to assist young people to reflect on their experiences and achievements over the past year.
My Goals and Plans: Self-development information to assist young people to develop their capabilities, and career exploration information to encourage location, investigation and consideration of opportunities in learning and future work options.
My Review: Career management information to assist young people to adjust their Career Action Plans and manage their life choices, changes and transitions.
Self-assessment tools, often called ‘career tests’ can be used to gather this information and, subsequently, to generate a list of occupations that are deemed appropriate. Some people choose to have career counselors or other career development professionals administer these tests, but many opt to use free career tests that are available on the internet, such as the Job Outlook Career Quiz and MyFuture Interests Activity.
Occupation lists generated through use of these self-assessment tools may be quite long, so we recommend making a list of between five and ten occupations that you would like to explore. You can then use the job description, education, job outlook and wage information to research these occupations in more detail.
Get the Skills You Need
To move forward with a career action plan, identify the skills and training required to work in the occupation of choice and identify the necessary prerequisites or application process.
Getting that job
Conducting a job search can be a full time job in itself and being adequately prepared will dramatically increase your chance of success. The following websites will help you to search for jobs, write your resume and cover letters, and prepare for interviews.
Your school, university or TAFE might also offer job support programs or resources.
There are a range of employment and job websites available to list employment opportunities across all industries and locations. Through these websites, applicants can view current employment opportunities and submit their resume and cover letter online. The following websites are the most commonly used employment websites in Australia.