Choosing your career
Choosing your future career can feel like a huge burden for a young person. You are still learning, so how are you supposed to already know what you want to do for the rest of your life?
Firstly, know that this is just a starting point. No matter what you choose to do, you can always move around and eventually find the right job for you – but getting qualifications and experience in the workplace are the first steps you need to take.
Now ask yourself these questions:
- Do you have any hobbies and interests that could transfer to work?
- What are you good at?
- How much money would you like to earn?
For example, if you love animals and prefer practical work to sitting in a classroom, then you might consider a career in agriculture or animal care.
Once you’ve thought about that do some research! Look online, read blogs and ask your friends and family. If you know someone who has a career you’re interested in, ask if you can shadow them for the day. This will tell you more about the job and if it’s the right fit for you.
Finally, check what qualifications you need for the job. This will help you make the next step.
Who can you talk to about careers?
As well as your friends, family and school advisors there are other places where you can get unbiased and confidential advice about your future.
If you are 16-19 and unsure what your options are, you can talk to a member of the Skills and Employability Service. We will talk to you about your goals, identify your options and if needed refer you onto other services who can support you. Please call a member of the team who covers your area:
Helen Cook 03000 416891 Dartford, Gravesend and Sevenoaks
Helen Whitcher 03000 418830 Maidstone, Medway, Tonbridge and Tunbridge Wells
Robin Chapple 03000 419703 Ashford, Dover and Folkestone
Jackie Lovell 03000 416401 Canterbury, Whitstable, Faversham, Margate, Ramsgate, Sheerness
You can also get free, confidential careers advice from qualified advisors at The National Careers Service.
The National Careers Service website aims to:
- Help you with careers decisions and planning.
- Support you in reviewing your skills and abilities and develop new goals.
- Motivate you to implement your plan of action.
- Enable you to make the best use of high quality career related tools.