5 ways to explore different career paths these holidays
It’s coming up to school holidays which is the perfect time to explore your post school job and study options. This is particularly true if you’re coming up to your final years of school or uni and you’re still not sure what to do next. This article is all about how you can take advantage of this time off to learn more about what careers might be a good fit for you.
Get a summer job
Plenty of different industries and businesses pick up casual workers over the Christmas period. We traditionally think of retail and hospitality, but a range of other industries are also looking for an extra set of hands over what can be the busiest time of year. A summer job can be a great way to get a small sample of what a job is like and best of all you get paid to do it. You might end up realising that it is not a job you want to do long term and that’s ok. At least you will have earned some money and gained some professional experience.
Seek out micro work experience opportunities
It might be helping a family friends business for a day, or doing a business task for a friend. Micro work experiences are small activities you can do to learn about certain jobs or industries. These experiences whether paid or not are a great way to build experience in a painless amount of time if you enjoy a work task, environment or culture. Alternative ideas for micro work experience opportunities are doing an online course, a short internship or taking someone from a certain industry out to coffee to learn more about their job.
Volunteer at a charity
The festive season can be a really busy time for a range of charities and it may also be when they need volunteers most. Volunteering is a great way to learn more about an organisation and different job roles, while also supporting the charities main objectives. It’s also a great way to do some networking with people who share similar interests and values.
Complete an online course
An easy way to learn about what is involved in different industries is to enrol in a free or inexpensive online course. It might only take you 2 hours a week and you will gain some insights into what topics interest you and which tasks you enjoy doing. My favourite picks for online course providers are InsideSherpa, Coursera and the Kahn Academy.
Create your own holiday project
Are you thinking about becoming a photographer or going into a trade? Holiday projects can be a great way to test out and build your skills. As it’s your project you can pick anything that interests you. It could be create your own art exhibition, creating a mini music festival, creating a website, researching a topic or even doing up a car. The choice is yours, so get creative!
Do the CareerHQ Compass
We designed the CareerHQ Compass to support career exploration and it will take you less than 30 minutes. You can easily register online through the link below and in the Compass you will explore your interests, skills and over 900 different career options all linked to job descriptions. From this you will create your own Careers Shortlist that you can use as you begin seeking out holiday work opportunities.
Start the CareerHQ Compass now: www.careerhq.com.au