Interests – What things you like and things you enjoy doing can influence the particular jobs you wish to pursue or want to do including the industry you choose. Do you like being outdoors or indoors? Do you like working on computers? Do you hate doing reports & paperwork etc. Your interests will make you lean towards a certain industry/job.
Abilities – Every individual will have their OWN skills and abilities. These can influence us to pursue certain jobs e.g. strong maths skills may pursue career working with numbers (accountant etc). Individuals with good verbal skills may pursue careers where they can use them e.g. customer services, sales person. Whatever your skills & abilities are will impact the jobs you want to do & the ones you can do!
Values – You’ll be much happier in a career if the requirements for the job match your values. If your family orientated then long shifts away from family won’t be ideal for you and will make the job harder for you. It is important to examine your values and find out which ones you can compromise on and ones you can’t to find the jobs/industries that suit them!
Personality – Are you a hard worker or do you prefer a more relaxed work attitude? Have you got patience? Do you buckle under pressure? Our personality traits can have a huge influence on the type of jobs we can & cannot do. If you not got patience, then a job working with teenagers is probably not right for you. It is important that you don’t try and do jobs that you are not suited for. You are only setting yourself up to struggle & fall. Look at your own personality traits can discover what jobs they match up too!
Industry Requirements – You have looked at your interests, abilities/skills, values and personality traits but now it’s time to look at the industry you've chosen. A lot of industries have specific requirements that are needed if you wish to pursue a career with them. They could be certain qualifications, training or even certain types of experiences. You should always research the industry to see what will be required to work in them & if you match the requirements!
Experience – Some jobs will require you to have a length of period of experience before you can apply for the role. Do you have the experiences required for the jobs you want/can do? Can you get that that experience? It is important when looking for jobs, that you fully understand what will be required. Look at all your experiences to date; do they match certain potential job roles? Are your experiences enough for those job roles? If you’re determined to get into that industry then you need to discover ways to help you get the required experiences needed. If not, then you have to be practical and look at the jobs your experiences allows you to do!
Qualifications – The jobs you have listed you want/can do, have you checked yet to see if they require qualifications? There are always jobs that we can do or want to do but we can’t as they require a certain qualification or level of qualification. It could be you have the qualification but it’s not up to date. When deciding which job roles you want or can do, you should always check the qualifications that are required. If you not got them, could you gain them? Depending on your level of qualifications it could narrow your list down to certain jobs or industries!