It’s a brave new world out there once you leave school. It’s a transition that’s exciting, scary and at times totally unexpected. Whilst I’ve got a few grey hairs, I’m still young enough to remember it vividly. I was full of juice, eager to see what the future would bring and had a somewhat vague idea of where I was heading.
Starting down a career path is usually top of mind for school leavers and young people. The loaded questions “What do you want to do? Who do you want to be?” weigh heavy on the mind. It’s a tonne of pressure for a young person to deal with and the road to success is not always linear. Economic, social and political boundaries have shifted.
Young people have a unique set of challenges in a world that is more agile, changeable and fast paced than ever before.
Here are a few real life tips that will set you in good stead when embarking on your career journey.
1. Lock down your social
Potential employers can and will go online and stalk your profiles. If you’re fast and loose on social media take advantage of your privacy settings and lock down your profiles. Even a throwaway comment or pic might trip up an opportunity for you.
If you’re comfy having public profiles, live by this social canon “don’t post anything you wouldn’t be happy for your old Granny to see.”
2. Spend time with yourself
Having a better understanding of what drives you and where your values lie will go a long way in directing you towards the type of work you want and the industry you work in. Spend the time to get to know yourself before you start out on a career path. Good news, you’re young – time is on your side!
3. Follow what you’re good at
Chances are you have a certain hobby or interest that you spend a lot of time doing. It might not seem like something you could turn into a career but why not try to leverage the skills you’ve built and explore complimentary career opportunities? Maybe you’re a mad gamer? Have you thought about a career in tech? Do you love watch films or reading? Perhaps consider studying the arts. Are you a social butterfly who loves bringing people together? Look into a career in PR or event management.
If you get bored easily, finding a career path that excites you will help keep you motivated and on track.
4. Take advice when you need it
Do your research. Go online, talk to people and find supports in your local area that will help you achieve your goals. There are services out there to designed specifically to help get young people into work, especially in regional Australia where there are more barriers to employment.
If you’re a young person recently out of school or unemployed, we want to help you get a job!
Employment support providers (like the team here at CHESS Connect!) have dedicated consultants who are skilled in helping people prepare for and obtain work in their local area. They understand the local job market, have connections to employers in the region and know all the tips and tricks to support people through the job search process.
Specialist employment service providers like CHESS Connect provide one on one service (so you don’t have to fumble around alone online) and go the extra mile to identify and address any issues that might be disrupting your ability to find work. PLUS we also continue support AFTER you’ve secured a job, helping you and your employer in the workplace once you’ve commenced employment.
We deliver our specialised employment supports as part of the Department of Social Services’ Disability Employment Service (DES). DES is designed to help people address any barriers or issues that are stopping them from finding work and maintaining employment. This includes people living with disability as well as people who may not identify as having a disability, but still need extra support. People living with health conditions, injury or mental ill-health could all be eligible for our services and extra support in their job search. If you have a diagnosed condition that impacts your ability to find work in your local area – you could be eligible for extra support.
Our Disability Employment Services are delivered in partnership with our Network Partner CoAct Employment.