While you’re at college, it’s really important that you think about what you’re going to do next and plan for the career you have in mind. We have a wide range of activities, advisers and resources to help you research, plan and implement your chosen career. Even if you’re not currently an East Berkshire College student, you can still access our services to start planning for your career.
Free, impartial and confidential careers advice and support is available when you need it. You can also access online careers tools such as Pathfinder Live and Adult Directions to start matching your skills, experience and qualifications to potential jobs and careers.
It’s essential to remember that the decisions you make about your career while you’re in college are important, but that many people change their career goals many times. At college you will have access to a great deal of support and advice, so it’s a great opportunity to take a serious look at your future and consider a range of routes and careers as your aspirations change and develop.
Making a start on planning for your career can be daunting. Why not try these simple steps to get yourself thinking?
STEP 1: What do I want and what makes me tick?
Start to write a list of all the things that interest and inspire you. This might include:
- Things you enjoy learning about
- Things you like to do in your spare time
- Achievements that make you feel proud
- School or college subjects you have enjoyed and where you have succeeded
- Jobs or careers that you think would inspire you
- The types of work that appeal to you (e.g. working with people, working with computers, running your own business, etc.)
STEP 2: What are my skills?
Think about the skills you already have. Everyone has some existing skills, even if you haven’t yet gained a qualification. Consider:
- Your personal skills: are you a good communicator? Are you a leader? Are you good at organising things? Are you successful at helping others? Are you a practical person? Are you creative? Are you good with numbers? Do you have strong IT skills?
- Any existing qualifications
- Any work experience you’ve had or current employment
STEP 3: What’s out there, and where is it?
It’s never too early to start researching the jobs and careers being advertised, either nationally or locally. Having a look at what’s out there, and which skills you need to apply for current job vacancies can be really inspirational, even if you’re planning to study for a while and enter employment later. Knowing what’s out there can help you plan your training and will help you to ensure you’re gaining all the skills you’ll eventually need. Have a look at:
- Local and national newspapers
- Recruitment websites
- Websites of organisations where you might like to work
- College job clubs
STEP 4: Who can help me?
Planning your career should be something that you start as soon as you can and then develop as your skills and ideas change. Talking it through with someone else can be extremely valuable. A friend, family member or classmate may be able to tell you about skills you didn’t know you have, or give you feedback that will help you think about your abilities in a different way.
There is also a wide range of help and support available at college. Information, Advice and Guidance is available free of charge. Student advisers can help you review all your ideas and make an action plan to help you move forward with you career aspirations.
You can also access online tools to help you match your skills and personality to potential careers and job roles.
You could also attend some careers events. East Berkshire College holds a careers fair every spring and many other organisations also offer this opportunity. It’s a great way to talk to employers and ask any questions you have about working in their sectors.
Once you’ve completed the above steps, you should be ready to start matching your ideas to the possible careers that will be right for you and to start planning the steps you need to take to get there. Remember we’re always here to help. Why not contact us now to book a careers interview? Call 01753 793337 or use the 'need advice' form to the left of the page.