I just like to let life unfold
Not ready to think about life after school yet? Not sure what kind of job you would like?
Some people know from an early age what they want to do in life. But that kind of certainty is rare, most of us haven’t got a clue!
You don’t have to know exactly what you’d like to do after school right now, but it’s good to start exploring your options.
Where can you start? Well, the best place to start is with what’s right here: YOU. What are your likes and dislikes and interests? What gets you out of bed in the morning?
Click the link below to find out more about you and some career ideas that might suit you.
The activity in the following pages is Adapted from Valerie Khoo’s ‘So Now What?: How to figure out the rest of your life’ 2005
Some things you can do right now...
Gather information + self-knowledge
= good decisions
Step one: list anything you love doing or are passionate about.
Could be... 'looking after animals or the environment'
List 'Anything you love doing' in the box provided
(Write your list straight into the box and we'll save this for you for later in the activity)
Step two: make a list of anything you're interested in, curious about or enjoy doing.
Could be things like... 'Playing sport, computer games, cooking, travelling, swimming or listening to music'
List 'your interests' in the box provided
You've identified some things you're passionate about and are interested in and the skills that you either have now or you'd like to have.
Remember it doesn't matter if you're not yet skilled at
something because you can always learn.
Step three: Write down things you're good at. It can be anything. Perhaps things that appeal to you that you'd like to improve on or learn.
Could be things like... 'Skateboarding, computers, playing guitar, listening to friends or your best subjects at school'
List 'things you're good at' in the box provided
Step four: Let's combine your favourite things and interests with your skills
This is the fun part, dreaming up all your possible combinations. Let's see an example.
Gabi is studying a Bachelor of Art, majoring in Japanese.
Here's what her lists looked like.
Favourite things/interests list
- Seeing live bands
- Coaching netball
- Movies and collecting movie memorabilia
- Teaching kids
- Japanese language
- Digital camera editing on PC
Possible combinations/Dream list
- Japanese language teacher
- Sports/wildlife/music photographer
- Designing album covers
- Teaching sport/netball photography in Japan
- Japanese language translator for production crews in Australia
- Animal handler on movie sets
- Researcher for movie writer
Time to make your own combinations. Explore various options until you find a combination that 'fits' and feels right.
The goal is to find a career path that lets you use your skills and fits your interests
'Love doing' listPlease go back and create your list
'Things you're good at' listPlease go back and create your list
List 'your career combinations' in the box provided
Great work completing this activity. Enter your email address here and we'll send you your lists.
Let's find out more about these careers.
Use the links on the left to keep exploring!