How to decide what career is right for you

The next logical step to take after years of being in education is onto the career ladder, right? But what do you do if after years of schooling you’re still not sure of what you want to do “when you grow up”?

It was my final year of university and that’s exactly the position I found myself in. Naturally (after a freak-out) I booked an appointment with my university’s careers consultant (I’d definitely recommend you find out who yours is and drop them a quick email). We ran through a lot of options but the most important piece of advice she gave me was to stock up on transferable skills.

“What’s that?” I hear you ask, it’s the phrase that will quickly become your new best friends as you try different job roles before settling on a specific career path.

So, what exactly are transferable skills?

Essentially they are skills you’ve acquired in one situation that you could apply to an entirely different context. For example, if you’ve worked as an awesome mentor to younger students and learnt about anticipating potential areas of concern, you can bring that skill into a number of different jobs where problem solving skills are crucial.

The best way to go about getting a few of these skills under your belt is to work in different roles, across different industries or sectors that you are interested in and pick them up along the way. One fantastic way to do this is volunteering - why not check out the vInspired website for some options! 

By Deqo Sheikh
Posted on 26 November 2015
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