Career counselling is an ongoing process that will help you to know and understand yourself – and the world of work – so you can take the right steps towards an enjoyable and fulfilling career.
Have you ever wondered why you’re drawn to certain roles or industries? There are a number of factors that influence this, from your hobbies, natural abilities and values to your personality and background. Career counselling will help you take these factors and assess them in a way that helps you better understand what educational and life decisions will lead you to a suitable career.
And once you’re in employment, career development will help ensure you make the right career and life decisions depending on your knowledge, skills and circumstances.
Growth career opportunities
In Australia, there are several careers and industries that are projected to be more in demand than others in the future.
- Careers within the caring industry are anticipated to grow, partially since more people are seeking counselling as the stigma associated with therapy has reduced. The highest proportion of people reaching out for help are aged between 35 and 44.
- Youth unemployment has risen, and teenagers continue to experiment with drugs and alcohol at an early age as they are influenced by movies and the media. This has led to a greater need for community workers in this area.
- Information and communication technology is more vital to our lives than ever before, creating a demand for experts to support the emergence of technology.
- Businesses are benefitting from the internet in immeasurable ways – for instance, we’ve seen a surge in social media in recent years. As such, the digital marketing industry is expected to grow in years to come.
- Accountants will also be in demand. Changes in tax laws and advances in information technology will mean more accounting opportunities.
What do managers look for in a resume?
Believe it or not, it only takes managers 30 seconds to decide whether you’ll be suitable for a role, based merely on your resume. That’s why it’s imperative you make yours stand out and look unique. There’s a lot of people chasing jobs, so make sure your resume is tailored to the industry you’re applying to – sending out generic applications is a no-no.
It goes without saying that experience is very important. But hiring managers are also looking to see if you’re a good fit for the company and work well with other team members, so it’s important to convey this at all times.
A good resume tip: make sure you put your qualifications and work history at the top of the resume – since you only have 30 seconds to impress, after all!
Projects and achievements are also a useful addition to your CV, as are any voluntary or work placements.
And finally, remember presentation is everything, so ensure your resume reads well and the grammar is correct.
How to choose your ideal career
Here at TrainSmart Australia, we’ll work with you to ensure our nationally recognised training courses suit your career aspirations.
As well as outlining career ideas and opportunities, we can also offer career planning and help you understand how your job may develop over the years.
On top of that, think about the amount of study time you’re willing to invest in pursuing your career. There’s no use selecting a high-pressure career in senior management, for instance, if you’re not willing to put in the time.
Also, keep in mind that the job market in Australia is extremely competitive and while some career paths don’t require a specific qualification, your chances of securing employment will increase if you’ve undertaken study or work experience in the field.
If you need help making a decision, the Federal Government’s Job Outlook tool might help you kickstart some career ideas.