HSC is over. Big decisions await. Courses and career decisions. Opportunities coming your way. And, truth is, no matter what your ATAR, your results, you do have a future ahead of you. It’s time to make plans that will get you heading into the right direction, for you.
There’s thing called career choice overload, and it’s real. There’s a seemingly endless range of study options, and there’s a risk that you will literally be stopped in your tracks by possibilities. Some might call it FOMO (fear of missing out): to make a decision is to limit other possibilities and options. The weight of making the right choice is hard.
Let’s go back to career basics.
Overcoming career choice overload can be worked through with these simple steps.
1. Know yourself. Deepen your knowledge of yourself, likes, preferences for and against certain things, what you love, what you want more of in life. You’ll find it takes a little bit of time, and some patience. Add in being honest with yourself and the rewards will be huge. Making decisions will get easier because they are right and true for you. Your direction will be clearer. It will feel good!
2. Deepen your knowledge of the world of work. Take the ideas you currently have and start exploring from there. Revisit ideas that have been discarded or overlooked. Seek out people experienced in the areas you’re looking at and find a mentor. Look for industry advice to give you knowledge about future work in that area.
3. Bring it all together in a plan. Test it, and try it out. Make it real. Revise it. Make a plan.
And, I’ll add in number 4 – get some help if you need it.
Career decisions aren’t a one time only only event. This is a lifelong process. Learn to manage your career through those key basics. Start well, and continue to go well.
This isn’t about the destination and it isn’t about what the work you’ll be doing for the rest of your life. Start well.