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Deciding your Future

Written by Zera Bacon Posted in Career Planning, Careers

Deciding your Future

I can’t tell you how many times I have had the “what career is right for me?” discussion with one of my 17 year old clients. The answers have ranged from a Vet - until she found out the intensity of some of the examinations she would have to do - to a Hairdresser, but then she decided that she didn’t want to stand up all day - to a photographer, because she likes taking “selfies”.

In reality there is only one person that can come to a real conclusion - YOU!

It’s difficult trying to decide what you want to do when you leave school. I have often found myself asking young people the same question and I generally get the same answer; “I’m not sure”.

Well, here are a few little tips that may help you decide.

Think about what you're good at and what you enjoy doing in your spare time. Oh I know you’re saying to yourself “But I’m not good at anything” just think about it:

  • Can you draw?
  • Do you play an instrument?
  • Do you play computer games?
  • Can you build things?
  • Do you play sports?
  • Do you go fishing?
  • Do you enjoy shopping for the latest trends?
  • Do you enjoy computers?
  • Do you like to read?
  • Do you like to talk to people?

The questions are endless but they all help you decide what your next step is going to be.

You need to be matching those things you’re good at, your newly found skills, because that’s what they are, SKILLS, to jobs, careers, training courses and apprenticeships.

Here are some examples:

  1. You are sitting at home one evening and beginning to get bored. You decide to go up to your room and experiment, in front of the mirror, with your make up. You try to apply it in different ways, experimenting with colours, giving your little sister and her friends a makeover and having a really good time because you enjoy make up……..perhaps Beauty Therapy is right for you
  2. You’re out with your mates chatting about a new stereo system you’ve just got. While talking you remember Dad/Mum has some wood in the shed not being used, and you know a little bit about wiring and have some nick naks you could use, so you decide to go home and build yourself a new set of speakers…..Carpentry/Electrics could be good for you
  3. You’re visiting Gran and she mentions that her garden is looking a bit of a mess but can’t get out there to clean it up because she has so much other stuff to do and just doesn’t have the time. You offer to do it for her because you quite like getting your hands dirty by weeding, mowing and planting some new flowers….ever thought about a Horticulture course?
  4. You and your friends have been saving for a shopping trip. You finally have enough and hit the stores. Your friends are trying on clothes and they are asking you what you think. You’re giving them your opinion and find that actually you’re quite good at this….what about a career in Retail?

So there you have it.

Remember, try to focus on the things you’re good at - your new found SKILLS!

If you are good at something and are often told by others that you’re good at it, then why not use this to your advantage…after all, your future is all about YOU!

About the Author

Zera Bacon

I am a Personal Adviser for TCHC Norfolk with a 17 year background in team management, training, and information, advice and guidance. In my previous role I was working with young people under 18 as an Under 18 Adviser with Job Centre Plus South East London.

I enjoy working with young people. I like empowering young people to use their existing skills and knowledge and enhance them in order to help them achieve success and obtain their future goals.

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