Choosing A Career Path After Education

by : Shaun Parker

For those who have finally rolled of the education conveyor belt the next step is to conduct a job search. If you are one of the lucky few you will know exactly what sector you wish to enter, making the task less daunting. Many however, leave education at a loss to which sector to enter, this makes undertaking a job search both uninspiring and time consuming.

The possibilities available to those leaving formal education are literally endless. My advice to those embroiled in a job search is to study what sectors and job roles will suit your personality. Luckily many services are available on the internet for this purpose; isometric tests are numerous and can take as little five minutes.

The purpose of these tests is to give some indication of the attributes you possess as an employee, by answering questions on how you respond to situations the isometric testing gives a simplified layout of your personality traits and how these relate to the types of job roles that will be suitable.

Undertaking one of these tests makes a job search simpler; some tests are twinned with recruitment services and give list of job titles that will suit your personality. You do not of course have to take this information on board but it can be a useful starting point when deciding on which career path to enter and where to begin your job search.

With so many taking degree courses now there is a surplus of graduates who have undertaken diplomas in subjects that do not necessarily lead directly into job roles. It is these people that will benefit from isometric testing when in the search for a job. Those who have taken more vocational courses will go straight into the business they have decided to become qualified in.

Courses such as law, social care and physical education have defined career paths and job roles suited to them; examples of these include legal secretaries, social workers and personal trainers. Classical degree courses however, can leave students in a quandary; history, politics and english are mostly written and hence the job roles for these diverse subjects are amazingly alike; making a job search more difficult for graduates in these fields.

In today's commercial world however the 'job for life' is no longer available. Increasingly, employees change job roles and even sectors many times throughout their careers. The old fashioned view that employees find a job role and stick with it for thirty years is becoming evermore outdated as transferable skills are now a huge part of the modern applicant's CV.

This does not however make it easier for those involved in searching for a first job and finding the right career to undertake. Everyone needs a starting point and deciding on this starting point can be a demoralising task. My advice is to try anything once, get a good idea of the skills you as an employee possess and present these skills in a positive manner that employers will respond to.

Embarking upon a career path is not an easy task, even if you have a good idea of the types of jobs you would like to do, conducting a job search is not always an enviable task. Luckily the recruitment market is saturated with websites that provide both national and regional jobs; trawling through the papers and endless letter writing is no longer required when job hunting.

That is not to say that that these past methods will be fruitless, it is my experience that when involved in a job search, try all means at your disposal to advertise yourself to prospective employers. It is about percentages and the more proactive you can be the better your chances of success.