How to make decisions on your career

Do your research! We know that it can be difficult to decide what to do for your career but we've put the resources together to help you!

We have fantastic resources on GetMyFirstJob for you to use if you don't know what you want to do for your career or you just want some more information. From quizzes and surveys to detailed information on jobs, industries, employers and training providers. You can also find out about your options such as apprenticeships, traineeships, university and more!

Our career profiler is designed to give you an understanding of the career areas that you would be best suited to and it takes less than five minutes to complete. It is entirely based on your personality and it might suggest something that you've not even considered before. By using resources such as the 'Career Quiz' you'll help to get on the right track when it comes to looking for a career suitable for you.

What are your interests?

It can be a little strange to think about what your interests actually are, and we know what that's like! So when you start thinking about a potential career path it can be beneficial to consider some of the following questions:

  • Are you interested in a particular industry?
  • Is there a particular company that you are interested in?
  • Do you love a particular subject?
  • Are you interested in a particular hobby?
  • Choosing a career in something that you have interest in is likely to make you far more successful because you want to work there. Work is where we spend most of our time; it is important that we are happy!

    Take it back to the basics…

    It is perfectly normal for you to have absolutely no idea what you want to do after school or college. If you find yourself feeling overwhelmed, strip things back to basics. Step back and evaluate what skills you have along with the values and beliefs you hold. You could even speak to friends and family about what they did to help them decide what to do for their career. You'll probably find a majority of people never planned to do the career they're currently doing!

    Start thinking about where you see yourself in the next few years and try to set yourself goals to achieve over the next few years; this will ensure that you are staying on the right track and still making progress whilst you are deciding what you want to do. Your goals could be to attend local careers fairs, arrange work experience placements, achieve certain grades in your exams, earning a certain salary – whatever means the most to you!

    This blog was written by Chloe Hutchins, a Talent Manager at GetMyFirstJob.

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