I’ve spent some time recently with young people who are desperately thinking about their careers and what they can do to get their dream job.
It can seem hopelessly confusing when you start thinking about your future and what you want to do, let alone actually getting there!
So what would I recommend?
- Make a list of all the things that get you fired up
- Make a list of all your strengths like – I like working with people, I like analysing data, I like leading, I like travel, I like food
- Think of all the things you’ve worked on at school or been involved in and haven’t enjoyed
- When you have this list see what themes are coming out
- This is going to be the start of your journey!
The next thing I would recommend is getting some work experience.
This can seem a bit daunting, especially when you’re young and you’ve never done any sort of work before but it’s going to be so good for you!
Where can you get some that’s going to help you in your career?
Well this is the beauty of work experience – you can do just about anything and all of that is going to help you in any job you do in the future.
- Work in your parents office
- Work in a restaurant
- Work in a bar
- Work in a supermarket
- Do some volunteer work
Even if you’re sat here thinking – ok well I want to be the next Steve Jobs so how is this going to help?! Well let me tell you – I bet he did some jobs like this to start with! If you can get experience in the field you want to go into then wonderful, but if you can’t then get anything!
Some research I read recently said that over 60% of employers wouldn’t consider someone if they didn’t have work experience – so do you see how important it is?
What else can you do at school or university?
- Speak to your careers department
- Go to talks from employers or companies who are in your school or uni to give you advice or to tell you about an industry
- Join clubs and societies
- Get involved with projects
All these things are great for your CV!
What skills are you going to learn?
- Team work
- Managing difficult situation
- Understanding how to work with people
- How to manage earning some money
- Influencing people
- Customer service
And much, much more!
You’ve probably started a new term now, of uni or school but you can start applying for schemes that happen over the winter holidays.
Get in touch if you’d like help with a CV or cover letter or application!