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- Take the pressure off yourself – you don’t have to decide what you’re going to ‘be’, you’re just looking for your next step
- Your career will chop, change and grow with you
- Whatever decisions you make now are just the first steps on your career journey – and you never know where it’s going to lead!
- Read up about Job Clusters – what sounds like you?
» In the meantime…
Any decision is a good decision, so long as you're doing something postitive!
Research your options
» Talk to people in the job or in the industry
» Try it out!
- Work Experience
- Part-Time Work
- Gateway Opportunities
» Look at company or industry websites you’re interested in
» Make an appointment with the careers department at school to see if they can help connect you with someone
» Ask around everyone you know if they know anyone who works in the job or industry you’re interested in
» Read more on Networking
» Use the Plan It worksheet to compare different options
» How realistic are your goals? Use the Career Obstacles worksheet to help you think through potential challenges and solutions.
» In the meantime…
» When it comes to subject selection time for next year, think about what subjects you will need for each of your key ideas and prioritise subjects they have in common
» Look for work experience opportunities so you can see if it really is for you!
School subject choices: Check tertiary courses to make sure you’re taking the right subjects. Many jobs and apprenticeships require Level 2 maths and English at a minimum, and sometimes science.
Networking: Start talking to people about your plans – you never know who might be able to help you
Work experience: Paid or unpaid work experience is great for your CV and helps prepare you for your next step.
Driver license: Around 70% of jobs require a driver license. Even if you don’t have a car right now, start working on it.
Money: How much will you need and where will it come from?
Have a good plan b
Even the best laid plans can come unstuck sometimes. It’s always good to have a back-up plan, just in case.