Finding the "right" career fit is complex and priorities can change over time or because of circumstances. Before you begin your job search, please consider the following:
Step 1: Ask yourself
- Where do my interests lie?
- What am I good at?
- What do I enjoy doing?
- What do I value in work and life?
- What motivates me?
Step 2: Research roles and industries
- What type of roles, industries organisations inspire my interest?
- Which of these roles would give me the chance to do what I am good at?
- Which tasks in this role I would enjoy performing?
- Do my values match with this organisation, role industry?
- Are there opportunities in this role available and where are they available?
- What qualifications, majors and experience level is required for this role?
A few ways to research
- Reading position descriptions in areas related to your study
- Use the career mentor program to do an informational interview or 3
- Job shadowing
- Work experience
- Check out My course My career
- Take a look at My Future and the Jobs Guide
- Connect with professional groups on LinkedIn
- Connect with professional associations
- Organisation websites in industries of interest
- Search Deakin University on LinkedIn to view alumni career paths.
For further help with decision making please make an appointment to see a career consultant
Choosing a major
When making course and major choices remember that as with career fit you need to consider your interests, values and abilities.
- Read unit descriptions for different majors - do not just read the unit title. "Does this interest me, am I going to do well in this unit?"
- Check out My course my career. "Does this major take me where I want to go?"
- Ask someone who's in the occupation you're interested in "What was you pathway here, which majors did you choose?"
- Now that you are in the know, you're hopefully able to make links between what you want, and which majors will get you there
- If you need to narrow the choice as a few majors could potentially fit give the grid method a go