When considering further study it is important to see where it could take you.
Ask yourself some questions like:
- What am I good at? e.g. design, maths…
- What interests or inspires me? e.g. helping people, networking…
- What is important to me? e.g. structure, job security…
- What would I like to learn more about? e.g. nutrition, creative writing…
This can sometimes be challenging to do but it is well worth the effort and will help with your career planning process.
- 'My next move'
- Career Decision-Making Difficulties Questionnaire and the associated career decision-making tools
- Careers Online
- Myfuture (free career profile builder - you need to set up a user name and password)
- Job Outlook Career Quiz
- Mind Tools Self-Motivation Quiz
- Life Values Inventory
- VIA Inventory of Strengths
When looking at the things that influence you consider the following:
- Friends, family, partners
- Cultural Identity
- Location, convenience, transport - is the career you're seeking available in your area; for example if you want to work on a farm but live in the inner city you might need to consider moving
- Your beliefs about needing to be a certain age or gender to be successful.
- If you have a disability, how you perceive this will impact on your future career
- Beliefs about status of particular occupations/industries
- Financial position – able to invest in further study to meet your career goals
- Political influences
World of Work
When you are working through the career planning process consider:
- Opportunities and job outlook?
- What is the global economy like?
- Are there skills shortages in some areas?
- What career pathways are possible?
- What are the emerging careers?
- What is involved with each of them?
- What are some comparisons?
- Where can you find out more?