Setting off on your career journey…
"Definitions of career have changed over the last 15 or so years to keep pace with the rapidly changing nature of work. We often use the terms 'career', 'job' and occupation as though we are talking about the same thing. But your career is something much larger than a job or occupation.
Your Career is a variety of experiences of learning and work (both paid and unpaid) that you undertake throughout your lifetime. If you want to take charge of the development of your career, you will need to actively manage your learning and your work…. (Jobguide )"
How do I choose a career?
The first place to look is at yourself! What things are you good at? What things don’t you like doing? What experience and skills do you already have? What things will you most value in a job? Do some research and talk to people you trust.
A great place to start is with a career quiz. A useful one is can be found in the My Future website This will not tell you what to do; it will give you an indication of what types of careers suit might suit you. A much more intensive career quiz is called Career Builder. Much more information needs to be inputted to get a much more professional response (7-9 page report). You can access this program on College Library Computers.
What is the labour market?
Do you know the job openings, skill requirements, salary work conditions, training requirements, future projections of employment prospects? Have a look at the Bulls-eye posters. I found the “alphabetical search” the easiest to use. You can also look at specific Skill Shortages.
Everyone needs to keep learning/training.
If you decide to do Tertiary Study (University or TAFE study), you will need to begin exploring course options to get you where you want to go. Look carefully at issues such as:
- What jobs do graduates get?
- What does the course involve?
- Have I covered the prerequisites needed?
- Is there a good link between the course and the industry?
- Are there alternative pathways to get me to my goal? Eg TAFE pathways, dual TAFE/University courses, upgrading options, alternative courses/universities etc
You can see me for more information on these topics.
Are there any special requirements eg Oral Health (eg dentistry) might require sitting of the UMAT test mid-year. Applications close in April.
Applications to such courses are made through the Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC). Whilst most people apply for admission for the beginning of the year, there are other intakes during the year. Applications are best made late term 3 online on the QTAC website. (be careful some courses do have earlier deadlines or require folios, interviews etc. Be careful also of the start dates of your choices.)