Don't know what career to choose? Zach has 5 tips that might help.
When looking into the world of opportunities we sometimes find ourselves clueless as to what we want to do with our career choices. The simplest way is to go one step at a time. Don’t over complicate the process for yourself and add more pressure that isn’t needed. The first step to finding, is trying and here are 5 tips that could help you along your journey.
- Start with a blank page and write down all of your interests you can think of
Writing your interests down will help you identify what you are passionate about doing. An example of what you might write is ‘art, music, animals, gaming, walks in nature, seeing family & friends, Bike rides.’
- Create a list of your dream jobs
This will help you dream big and set yourself a goal or dream job to work towards. An example might be; ‘working with animals, coaching people in music, outdoor activities, supporting people with needs.’
- Identify your strengths & weaknesses
Writing down your strengths and weaknesses will help you identify what areas you might need to get more training, advice or guidance in. Knowing what areas, you require more training is also a great interview skill, for example; ‘I’m not a confident talker but I have good listening skills which helps me understand others.’ So, you may need some public speaking training to help boost your confidence when speaking to others.
- Research volunteering/work experience/qualifications in the industry you are looking to join
Now that you’ve established what you’re interested in and the dream job you’re working towards, you can now start to look at opportunities that will help you get there. There are lots of opportunities out there but keeping focused on the ones that relate to your interests and goals will help you filter down your options. For example, ‘I like water sports so I’m going to explore qualifications needed to teach people.’
- Explore ideas that reflect your strengths
When searching for training, apprenticeships or further education opportunities, you can use your strengths to help you. For example; ‘I enjoy facing new challenges, college or university could be a good choice for me!’ Again, this will relate back to your interests and goals.
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