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Choosing a career

Whether you fancy being a plumber, lawyer, dog groomer or prison guard? Take your time and don’t rush into any decisions.

Talents and strengths

Try making a list of your talents and strengths. Answer these questions to help you get an idea of what might suit you –

  • What do you like doing? What are you interested in?
  • Are you a natural leader? How do you cope when working as part of a team? Do you prefer to work on your own?
  • How well do you think you’re going to do in your exams?
  • Think about the people you know and jobs that they do or jobs you’ve seen on TV – do any interest you?
  • What is it about the job that appeals?

Find out more about the job

Once you've got a rough idea of what you might want to do, you'll need to find out what you need to do to get the job of your dreams. Find out –

  • What qualifications and skills you need?
  • How can you get them and which colleges or training providers offer these courses?
  • What are the rewards of the job?
  • What might put you off the job? In what ways are you suited to this career?

Speak to a Connexions advisor

Choosing what career you want to do isn't easy. You might not know what's available, or you might have definite plans, but you don't know what you need to do to make them happen. Connexions advisers have all the information you need to help you get the career you want.

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