A job or career

What do I need to think about?

Deciding on a particular job or career can be a hard choice; there can seem to be a never ending range of choices and opportunities to think about.

If you do have a fixed idea of what you want to do, that's great, but it is still worth gathering as much information as possible about your chosen job or career choice. Find out what you can do to explore your choices further here.

If you are not completely sure what job or career you want to do, this can make it difficult to choose qualifications or training, but keeping a broad selection of subjects can help until you firm up your career plans. If you are undecided, find out more about a range of jobs in the Careerpilot job sectors, look at the Job Profiles for lots of details or try a quiz.

Whether you are clear about what you want to do or are just exploring options, it is worth thinking about what is important/not so important to you in a job.

Questions to ask yourself

  • What sort of work environment would suit me? Indoors or outdoors? In an office or more active?
  • Would I rather work with other people or on my own?
  • Do I want to work for myself or someone else?
  • What sort of money do I want to earn?
  • How do I learn best?

The Careerpilot job sector quiz will help you find job sectors that fit with what is important to you.

Other things you could do

  • Complete the Careerpilot Pre-16 Skills Map or Post 16 Skills Map in the Career Tools which will help you record experiences, skills and qualities, achievements you already have.
  • Do the icould buzz quiz which is a fun way to, in under five minutes, discover:
    • your strengths and what makes you tick
    • get an idea of a few job areas that might suit you.
  • Think about the skills you have developed through the things you have done; work experience, part time jobs, being part of a team or projects at school.
  • Think about the things you enjoy; subjects at school, hobbies, sport, other activities you might be involved in

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You can then use this information to:

  • Map your skills to a job/career you are interested in.
  • Identify the skills you need to develop for your chosen career.
  • Recognise the skills you have when you apply for a job, course, apprenticeship or other training and promote these skills when you apply.

Support from school/college

Schools and colleges sometimes offer careers software which you can use to help you find jobs/careers to suit your skills and interests. They also offer events and visits which involve employers and give you an opportunity to find out about different careers. 

Support to start your own business

If you are interested in starting your own business then find out more here.

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