Congratulations on taking the first step towards your new career path. Just like planning other major life events, planning your career requires personal reflection and investigation. TAFE SA’s Student Services believes that you will be more successful with your career path if you put time into career planning as part of your transition into study.
There are four steps to career planning, and working through each step will help you to work out what career is a good fit for you. This Career Planning Worksheet can help you to track your progress and outcomes of your career planning, and if you need to make an appointment with one of TAFE SA’s Student Services staff, we will ask you to bring along your completed worksheet:
To make informed career choices you need to know yourself well, including your likes, dislikes, values, skills, priorities, and personal circumstances. All these things will influence your career choices. Ask yourself questions like ‘Where am I now?’ and ‘Where do I want to get to?’ Think about what you enjoy, your interests and skills, and what challenges and motivates you.
My skills – you are most likely to succeed in life if you use your talents to their fullest extent. Identifying your own skills and talents can assist you identifying opportunities.
Values - assessing your own values and what you need in your ideal job can help in future career decisions.
Personality – understanding your personality type and the types of jobs which align with your individual personality can help to identify opportunities.
Motivations – what do you want from work? There are many motivations for why people as seeking a career change: these may include career growth, distance from home, family responsibilities, work environment, money, fame, power, creativity, independence, social interaction, challenging roles, job opportunities, satisfaction, and helping others.
When investing in your future career, it makes sense to spend some time finding out about the jobs that are out there, what they are like and what people say about them. This may require some investigation and reading about different jobs and their responsibilities. What type of jobs match up with your skills and interests? Where are the jobs and what are their conditions? Look at what training and qualifications you’ll need and where vacancies are advertised.
There are a number of online websites you can access to help you with this research, and take career quizzes about what type of job conditions you would like, including:
The TAFE SA career profiles pages will give you information about many careers, and examples of the courses you can study to help you achieve your career goals.
Weigh up what you know about yourself and the occupations you have researched, and make decisions about the most suitable career path for you. You might like to think about the pro’s and con’s of each option, and what type of volunteering you could do to get some experience. You can then identify the course that you need to study to achieve your goals. How you will reach your goal? Deciding on the training options that suit you. Can you get some experience at a lower level or voluntary organisation first to ‘build’ your skills? Be realistic in your expectations.
If you aren’t sure how to make the best decision, take some time to read about how to make better decisions.
Are you ready to make the next step? Use this Career Planning Audit to work out how ready you are to make your career change!
Once you have decided what is the best career option for you, your final step is to take action. This is about making sure you know what you need to do to enrol into your identified course which will help you to achieve your career goals. Enrol in courses, targeting your study and placement opportunities toward your career goals. Collect evidence of your achievements for potential employers. Build useful networks with people in your industry.
Make sure you look at the TAFE SA course pages to get the most up-to-date information about admission requirements, how to apply, and what it will cost.
You may also like to start thinking about writing your resume and cover letter, and being prepared for applying for jobs. Tips are available on the Skills SA website, and you can find resume templates on the JobAccess website.
Need more help?
Need more information about different courses? Contact the TAFE SA Information service, free call: 1800 882 661.
Still unsure? Make an appointment with a counsellor in Student Services. Prospective students can have one free one-hour careers appointment either by phone or face-to-face.
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