‘What do you want to be when you grow up’ may have been an easy question back when you were 5, but it becomes more difficult as you get older.
There are hundreds of different careers available, so making a decision about what to do in the future can be one of the most daunting of your life. Here are a few tips and ideas that can help you understand where your skills lie, making your decision a whole lot easier.
Stick to what you enjoy – and what you’re good at
It’s incredibly important for you to be aware of your biggest skills, and for you to research what careers you can best use them – but it’s even more important that you enjoy what you’re doing. I know people that have taken university degrees far outside their interests simply for future financial gain, but got terrible marks because their passion simply was not there.
Are you a skilled writer, and also enjoy it? There are a number of careers where you can utilise your skills, such as digital marketing. Are you a social butterfly? Perhaps you would suit a customer service or health and social care career path.
Knowing what gives you great satisfaction and pride is the first step to choosing a fulfilling career.
The best way to learn if a job may be right for you is to experience it first-hand. You can either gain short term work experience or take part in a traineeship programme, which last up to 16 weeks. Traineeships not only give you crucial work experience, but also improve your maths, English, and employability skills. If you’re successful in your traineeship and find that you really enjoy the role, you could progress onto an apprenticeship or even stay on into a full time position with the company.
Take a test
There are a variety of online career assessment tests and quizzes that can help you decide what jobs would be a good fit. Our quiz can help you decide what apprenticeship will be right for you, based on your personality traits, the decisions you make, and the people who inspire you.
You can also ask yourself questions such as ‘I’ve always wondered what it would be like to do…’, ‘My friends always say I’m great at…’, and ‘When I retire, I want to be known for…’ Quizzes and questions may not give you a concrete answer, but they can be a great starting point to knowing what roles your skills and personality would be best used.
Wondering what apprenticeship would suit you?
Take the quiz to find out!
Ask for other opinions
Writing about yourself and your skills is very difficult, and that’s why so many people struggle with writing their CV (if you need help with this, here’s some handy advice).
Sometimes an impartial eye can see things you can’t, and somebody else may have some suggestions to what roles would suit you. There are hundreds of jobs up for grabs that you wouldn’t have even heard of, which other people (particularly those with more experience) would know all about.
If you think you know what job you would like in the future, you will need to research what steps you need to take to get there.
For example, if you’re considering becoming a doctor, you will need to know how long it would take to become fully qualified. If you’re thinking about a career in accountancy, you may need to research what qualifications you need. If you map it out, you will have an idea of how long you will need to dedicate to the career, and the steps you’ll need to take.