Once you have a few career ideas it is vital to investigate your ideas throughly so that you can be sure that you making a well informed choice. Try following the suggestions below to give yourself a good starting point.
When weighing up the pros and cons of each idea, ask yourself questions such as:
The suggestions below are good ways to research your options. Once you have a career firmly in mind, plan the action you need to take to achieve your goals.
The occupational profiles on Prospects and Target Jobs contain information on daily work activities, entry requirements, vacancy sources, salaries and useful contacts. Also view the video accounts of people in different professions on I Could.
Sites for organisations such as sector skills councils and professional bodies provide information on career options in a specific sector, training, vacancies and industry news and events. Find sites specific to your sector via
Read journals/ magazines/ newspapers for your sector
These provide crucial information about the challenges facing your industry, the skills in demand and employers you may want to work for.
These can give you a personal insight into a role, sector or company. See our tips on networking for details.
With so much information out there, it can be difficult to assess exactly how useful and reliable it is. This is particularly true of careers information on the Internet. The following check list can be useful in evaluating information, no matter what format it is in.