Do you have an interest in a specific occupation but want to know more about what the role involves, where the job opportunities are and how best to access these jobs?
Breaking the process down into smaller steps can help you get the information you need:
Step 1 – Learn about the occupation
Doing some basic research on what it might be like to work in a specific job or occupation can help get a feel for whether the role might suit you.
Read our article Is this field of work right for me? for tips on finding out about jobs you are interested in.
Step 2 – Build up a picture of your occupation of choice
Try and learn as much as you can about the occupation, including what skills, training and experience you might need to be competitive for jobs in this field.
Completing one or more of these workbooks can help you build up a picture of what it’s really like to work in this occupation:
- Career road test – to help you undertake general research to see if a job is right for you.
- Identifying the skills that are required for the job you want – to test your suitability for a particular role.
- Interview a workplace expert – for tips on interviewing someone who has worked in your chosen field.
You can also check out the Job Outlook website, which has information on different occupations, including pay information, main tasks, weekly earnings and what skills you need. To find your occupation of choice, type the occupation name into the Search bar in the top right side of the page.
Step 3 – Start your job search
Check out our Looking for a job section to find out how to start your job search.
Keep in mind that even if your research suggests that you need specific qualifications to do the job, you can always start the process by looking for work in a related entry-level role. That way you can build your on-the-job skills while getting a feel for whether your chosen job is right for you.