Careers in Vocational Education and Training
Generally, over a persons working life, they work within 10 – 25 different jobs! Over the course of a 40 year working life this is 1.6 jobs a year at the far end of the scale… And even more for some as this is just an average figure. To keep up to date with the changing job market you need to possess solid networking contacts and be skilled and trained in a preferably high growth profession. (for an example of high growth think the aged care sector: it’s set to boom!). With the figure of 1.6 jobs per year in mind, this means that you will likely jump between industries and fields. Many people change their long term and short term goals frequently as well as at major milestone in life re-evaluating as they see fit.
Before I begin, I would like to share my top tricks and tips (as well as little bit of personal experience) to help you navigate through your professional life.
My Top Career Tricks and Tips!
- Aim to be the best you can in your chosen field through gaining the respect of your colleagues. Also be a team player, reliable and show compassion throughout your career.
- Create and work on your professional goals but also develop personal goals to make progress in both your life and future career.
- It is OK to not know… Many successful people did not have plans in place or ‘dream jobs’ when they started out. Sometimes it is not until you enter an industry, or have significant experience in an industry that you discover what it is you want to do. Until then be open to the opportunities available to you.
- It’s not all about the money, money, money!!! Chose an occupational or job role that you enjoy. If it is based on money you will end up unhappy and the training or education undertaken to gain this job will have been both a waste of time and money.
- Take a test….! There are many online tests available to merge your interests, training, knowledge and skill to certain careers. These are particularly helpful for those who are at a cross roads in jobs and needing guidance on which path to take.
- Choose your career based on your short to medium term goals – you never know what you will be doing 10 and 20 years down the track so how can you plan for it now??
- You may hop between full-time, part-time, casual, temporary and contractor work, to even volunteer unpaid work throughout your career – it all shapes you into the person you are today.
Traditionally, many people would complete their education and training, gain a position and stay there for year working through promotions to reach their ‘dream job’. Today, with the countless options available to trained graduates, people chop and change between industries and professions at the drop of a hat. In fact, research and statistics show that people work in up to five different industry sectors throughout their lives.
So, when it comes down to it all as your opportunities and expectations change, so does your job. Immense pressure is felt by those entering the workforce or changing career paths, so its highly important that the training and education you undertake is suited to your career goals. It has become more important than ever to choose the right university, degree or vocational education and training course, job and career path. And on top of all of that, with the option of moving locations for better prospects or larger variety of options.
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