Thanks to the wealth of information we have at our fingertips, and the wide range of online business courses and diplomas available, school leavers are spoiled for choice. To help you start your career search off on the right foot, take note of the following:
Use the G+P+V formula
- If you’re unsure whether you want to study an online business course or enrol in yoga teacher training, international career coach extraordinaire Richard Leider advises using the following formula; Your Gifts, plus your Passions, plus your Values equal your calling. By identifying the three non-negotiable pieces of your career path puzzle, you’ll have a clearer idea of the jobs best suited to you (and importantly, the ones you’ll thrive in).
Your Gifts are your strengths, the things you’re naturally good at. Are you a wizard wordsmith? Ingenious engineer? Organiser extraordinaire? Your Passions are the things you care about the most. What cause is close to your heart? What gets you fired up and energises you? Your unique passions may be as broad as ‘plant-based nutrition’, or as specific as creating vegan meals for friends and family. Lastly, your Values are the things that are non-negotiable in the context of a career: Do you thrive when given autonomy to figure out a problem on your own terms? Are you best suited to a rigid schedule? Do you do your best work at night?
Do your homework
The dreaded ‘h’ word! To clarify, when I say ‘homework’ I mean research, research and research some more. Finding the right career path isn’t something you have to – or are expected to do – on your own. Nor are you expected to do it in five minutes. Start by spending some time online (Facebook and Instagram excluded) and explore the ins and outs of careers or industries that meet your GPVs as outlined above. If you’re not quite sure where to begin, it may be helpful to take to job sites like Seek and CareerOne to peruse job descriptions, this will give you a clearer indication of what a potential job entails, as well as the skills required.
Get in touch with industry insiders
Once you have an idea – even if it’s a vague one – of what you’d like to pursue, it’s time to reach out to people in the industry. If you personally know someone who works in the field you’ve got your eye on, give them a call. If you don’t, take to LinkedIn to approach possible mentors or industry insiders.
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