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How to launch your career when you don’t know exactly what you want to do

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What was your dream job as a child? Some of us knew what we wanted to do, most of us had no idea and some of us were certain we’d be astronauts…

Today, we live in a digital era where thousands of jobs exist that didn’t when we were children. Unlike our parents, we also live in a world where changing careers is now actually encouraged.

The problem is, how do you know what’s out there? Or where to start?

Let’s say you dream of working in finance. Would you like to become an accountant, a financial planner, or something you’ve never even heard of?

Or perhaps you might be interested in marketing, but don’t know where your strengths would be suited, or what kind of roles are out there?

The best way to get started is to ask yourself the following questions:

What kind of environment do you see yourself working in?

Have you always dreamed of wearing a fancy outfit to a slick corporate office? Or perhaps you can’t stand the thought of working at a desk and need to be on your feet?

You might love working with people, or you might love the idea of working from home. Take some time to figure out what works for you, and this will help you to narrow down the kinds of jobs you might like to pursue.

Which field do you want to work in?

Choosing a field is much easier than picking a job. The best way to do this is to match your strengths to the kind of environment you’d like to work in.

You might recognise that you’re great with people and you’d like to work in an office. From here, you could decide you’d like to work in the business world. Now you’ve decided this, you can explore different business areas to see which jobs might interest you the most.

For example, if you’re intrigued by supply issues in a post-pandemic world, you might be interested in logistics.

Do you want to get some experience and try different areas before applying for a new job?

So, you’ve picked a field. But you’re still not sure which path you want to take, or maybe you’d like to learn some new skills?

One of the best ways to figure out what you want to do is to undertake a practical, career-focused degree. Studying can give you the opportunity to try out different skills and some degrees even give you the opportunity to participate in internships or gain work experience. This is the best way to get a real idea of where your passions lie and what is best for your future.

Undergraduate business degrees are designed to give you industry experience you can add to your resume. Most companies require their employees to have a formal qualification, so one of the best things you can do is find a degree that gives you the opportunity to try different skills, gain practical experience and helps you get career ready.

Studying doesn’t have to be a roadblock to starting your career. Use it to your advantage to help you figure out exactly where you want to go.

If you need further help, don’t hesitate to reach out to one of our Course Consultants on 1300 069 765. Everyone is different, and our Course Consultants are ready to guide you on your own career journey.