Do you have an interest in a specific occupation? 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
Do some research on what it might be like to work in a specific job or occupation. This can help you 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 to learn as much as you can about the occupation. Look for information on what skills, training and experience you might need to be competitive for jobs in this field.
Completing 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 you need 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. This website has information on hundreds of 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.
Your research might indicate that you need specific qualifications to do the job. Keep in mind that you can always start your career journey 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 this job is right for you.