Planning your Career
Planning your Career
Whether you are starting a career, changing career or returning to a career you need to think about the skills you have and what knowledge and experience you can bring to an employer. You want to choose something that you are going to enjoy because a job should be so much more than just about earning a living.
Ultimately, you want a job that offers opportunities, that provides a chance of progression and that has some variety and allows you to learn new things. You may not get your ideal job straight away, but if you have some plan in place for your career then you have a better idea of where to go next. While it’s best to get a job in your home town, this may not be possible, and you should be prepared to travel to the next town or further if jobs you are interested in are available there.
How do you decide what you want to do?
- Think about what interests you. This is really important: if you don’t enjoy what you’re doing then you are not going to have as much motivation to work
- Think about what you are good at. Everyone is good at something, whether it is talking to people, or writing things down. Think about what you are good at and research what jobs these skills will be a good fit for. You could also think about how you might set up a business around your skills and interests
- Talk to your adviser. At TCHC, we provide one-to-one Information, Advice and Guidance sessions, giving you the opportunity to discuss career plans with one of our advisers and put a plan of action together. You can also find other good resources online, such as the National Careers Service and the Prospects website
- Do your research. You can use Google to research companies that you might be interested in working for, as many large companies have a ‘work for us’ page. This could indicate whether a particular company, job role or industry is for you!
- Ask contacts, friends and family members. They can share their honest opinions about the job they are working in and give you an insight into the company. You never know, they may also let you shadow them for the day or provide you with work experience
- Volunteering. This is the opportunity to gain skills and experience, make new friends and give something back to society. Sometimes you can also gain valuable qualifications which you can then demonstrate to an employer
- Work Experience/Shadowing. This is an excellent way to get a sense of whether a particular career is for you. It will also give you an insight into the world of work and can present some valuable experience to put on your CV
- Self-employment. You should consider all the options and if you can’t find a job that you enjoy or can’t decide what you might enjoy then you can always create a job for yourself by starting a business. You need a passion and commitment, but running a business can be thoroughly rewarding and the financial incentives are potentially very high.
You may think that changing careers or returning to work after a break is impossible, but in reality jobs involve a range of skills which will often cross over with skills required for other jobs. For example, to be a car mechanic you might need to work with customers, handle money and keep records of stock. These skills cross over into many customer-service roles, such as retail, for example.
For support in finding employment please register for our Skills Support for Jobseekers programme, or use the contact form below to request more information.