If you’re currently look at your career choices then you may be a little overwhelmed by all of the options available. Do you want to train or continue education? Would you rather enter a hands-on trade or work in an office? Whether you are considering construction jobs, working in communications or are still uncertain about what it is that you want to do then here are some tips to help you forge a fulfilling and lasting career.
Skills and priorities
No doubt you have particular skills and talents, even if you don’t know which career path you want to follow. A good way to start out is to list the things you are good at or enjoy. Include hobbies as well as academic or practical skills.
Once you have a complete list it’s time to look for trends. Do you particularly like being outside? Are you good at making things? Next make a list of your priorities when it comes to a career. Perhaps you want to make as much money as possible, or maybe you’re more interested in working with people. Circle the things that are most important. Now you have the two lists you can hone in on a career path.
Talk to a careers professional
Doing your own research is great, but there may come a point when you want to talk to a professional. If you are in school or college then make an appointment with the careers adviser. For those who have already left school there are professionals on hand in jobs centres to give you advice. Go to the meeting with a clear idea of what you want to get out of it. Take along your lists of skills and priorities as well as a list of careers paths that appeal to you.
Browse apprenticeships and entry level jobs
Another great way to get career inspiration is to browse for opportunities online. Apprenticeships are common win a number of professions, from stone masonry to business. Internships can be another good way in, although be sure to find out exactly what you’ll get out of it before you agree to unpaid work. Voluntary internships should be opportunities to learn and develop your skills. You can also browse entry level roles within industries that interest you.
Read the job descriptions to find out if you have any skill gaps. Volunteering and internships can be a useful way to fill these gaps.
Learn a skilled trade
If you want to do something practical and make a good amount of money then consider learning a skilled trade. Even if you have no experience you can seek an apprenticeship with a firm and get the experience you need whilst receiving a low wage. After your training is over you could join the firm as a full time member of staff or even go self-employed.
There is high demand for skilled tradesmen and professions including joiners, construction workers, landscape gardeners, plumbers and electricians. With experience you could earn upwards of £30,000 a year.
Whether you opt for further training, an apprenticeship or a full time job, research and experience is the best way to find a career path to suit you. Don’t be afraid to try out a few things before you settle. Now is the time to discover a job that genuinely matches your skills and priorities.