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Setting up for career success

Sally Graham, Careers Advisor extraordinaire from Hillcrest High School gives some of her advice for getting through the careers journey.

Spend time 'career window-shopping' 

What jobs could suit you?  What training/study is needed?  Are scholarships available to pay study fees? Are particular school subjects required? What is the pay?  Find out through internet, info presentations, talking with careers advisors and people already in the jobs, Gateway/work placements, Trades Academies and taster courses. These all provide opportunities to ‘try before you buy’.

 

If there is a compulsory subject required for tertiary study, it will usually be in a Science, English-rich or Maths area

While most tertiary courses can be undertaken with no specific subject background, you can keep options open by continuing with the above as long as you are able.

 

Employers will pay for your skills  

Job-specific skills are gained through on-job training and/or study at polytech, university or a private training provider.  However, many ‘soft’ skills, eg communication and teamwork, can be gained through part-time and voluntary work, involvement with sports, community or cultural groups and hobbies.  

 

Get to know the job market

Maximise job opportunities by training in a field with skill shortages.  Determination, however, can go a long way in fields with limited opportunities. 

 

Don’t despair if plans are unclear when you leave school  

Take a 'gap' experience to further explore.   Consider full/part-time work, part time study, travel, voluntary work and free Youth Guarantee courses.

 

You will be paid to work when you get a job

There will be boring/challenging stuff at times, no matter how suitable the job is.

 

Career plans do change  

Many factors influence careers, from government policy, technology advances and global trade to life events and plain luck.  Your skills, learning and experiences can be drawn on, transferred and built upon as the situations change.