To examine your career options, you should first gather as much inform-ation as possible.
Here are some places where you can get advice.
School Your careers library will have some basic information on a variety of occupations. Ask the librarian questions like:
• What does someone with this job do? • What subjects do I need to study? • What courses are available? • How long will it take to train?
Also use careers advisors to expand your list of career ideas by finding out about related options. Many schools have work experience programs which give you the chance to check out a job which interests you.
Career Information Centres Resources in these centres include printed information about jobs, and tertiary study reference materials such as university and college handbooks. There are 12 Career Information Centres throughout the country. Assistance from staff is also available.
Employers You could talk to employers in areas you find interesting. You might ask them questions such as:
• What are the most demanding aspects of this work? • What is the most preferred method of entry? • Are there courses which will prepare me for this work?
Parents, friends, relatives Relatives and friends can be helpful in giving you insights into the daily routine of an occupation. By questioning them, you can expand your knowledge of the work. Another option is to use this group to arrange industry contacts or check out possible vacancies.
Universities and colleges These institutions have careers advisors for prospective students. You can also take advantage of their open days. During these days, you can have a look at the facilities offered- and chat to the students and lecturers.
Internet Don't forget the Internet. One great site to start at is the government careers directory.
Getting it all together You will no doubt. gather lots of information, but it is easy to forget details, so you should collect the infor¬mation using a folder or filing system. Check that your information is kept up-to-date.
Using NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS taken from the text 'Which direction for a career?', complete the summary below.
Write you answers in boxes 1-6 on the answer sheet.
Both schools and universities have 1 to assist students with job information. Schools may also run 2 for practice at specific jobs. There are several 3 which advise clients on careers. Acquaintances can sometimes provide 4 and colleges also hold 5 . Finally, for those with access to the Internet, the 6 is a useful source of information.