I am interested in going to college but I don’t know what I want to do
Tips To Help You Make Choices About Your Career
(The information provided here is aimed at adults considering a return to education.)
Sometimes we are not aware of the array of options open to us and many of us may not have thought about ourselves and what we want from a career. Reflecting on yourself can increase your awareness of what you want from a job or career. Here are some steps and resources to help you with this process.
First Step: Self-Reflection **
- Do you know what skills you have to offer an employer?
- What are your interests?
- What motivates you in a job?
- What part does your personality play in your choice of career?
You may find the following websites useful in your self-reflection:
- http://www.windmillsonline.co.uk/interactive -this site takes a holistic approach to career choice by looking at a career in the context of what you might like from your life as a whole.
- http://www.stewartcoopercoon.com/jobsearch/career-values- this site helps you to identify what is important to you in choosing a career.
- http://www.jobhuntersbible.com- this site has free career tests and personality tests.
Second Step: Know What’s Out There
- Labour Market Information
According to Ireland’s ‘Expert Group on Future Skills Needs’ (2009) there are no labour shortages at present. However, there are currently skills shortages in the following specialised high skill areas; IT, Science, Sales/Marketing, Health, Accountancy, Engineering and Management. Read more on www.skillsireland.ie
- Training & Education
www.qualifax.ie is a website with a database of thousands of courses in Ireland at all levels including full-time and part-time at Third Level as well as distance learning courses amongst many others.
See also www.fas.ie for training opportunities.
Third Step: Make a Choice
CIT’s Careers & Counselling Service is only available for full-time registered students, apprentices and graduates up to one year after college. If you would like some professional assistance with making a career decision, a list of private Career Advisors is available by contacting us T:021 433 5772 or if you are in receipt of a Social Welfare payment you may access the Adult Guidance Service provided through your local ETB.