Don’t know what you want to do for work?
Start thinking about what kind of career you want in the future. There are so many different types of careers! This is called Career planning.
This page has suggestions of how to explore what type of career you want.
- Career Quiz
- Career Profiles
- Your Skills
- Work Experience
- Career Counselling
- More resources
One good way to start exploring careers is through a career quiz. Below are some quizzes that you may want to complete to find out what kind of jobs suit you:
There are more quizzes online if you want to do more.
There are websites that have a list of careers. It also lists what tasks are involved in the job and what kind of qualification you may need.
Tip: Still don’t know what you want to do? Don’t panic if you don’t know yet! Many people don’t know what type of career they want until they are older. It is also estimated that an average person has 6 different careers in their lives!
Ask yourself these questions and write down your answers:
- What are your skills?
- What are your goals?
- What are you interested in?
- Is money important to you?
- Do you like working by yourself or with other people?
- Do you like working home or working in a group environment?
- Do you like working hands on?
Most schools, training providers and universities can offer some level of career advice and information. Here are some links to Career Counselling outside of your school or educational institution:
The Planning Your Career section of Youth Central might be especially useful. It provides a link to the Mentor Program for people with a disability.
Frequently Asked Question
What is the difference between career and job?
Career is a long term employment goal. Job is a short term employment goal.
For example: You want to become the School Principal later in the future. You start studying a teaching course. You graduate as a teacher and found a job teaching Year 7-9 students.
You work in this job for 2 years before moving to another school to teach Year 8-9 students.
You work in five different teaching jobs over 15 years before you were able to find a job as a School Principal.
Your journey from a teaching student to teacher to School Principal is your career (long term goal). The past five teaching jobs were your short term goals.
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