T H E F U T U R E S P O RTA L Information Sheet - Number 16 GETTING CAREER ACVICE Making informed choices: You've got some ideas about your future career but how do you take the next step? Getting career advice means finding out information about jobs or potential careers so that you can make informed choices. Reli- able information and advice will give you the means to be proactive about your future. It's important for you to receive advice that is not biased or poorly in- formed so choose your source of advice carefully. Then it's your job to think through the advice - weighing up the pros and cons. The best places you can go for career advice: School: Talk to a career adviser. Ask specific questions about all the options available including school programs, structured workplace training, VET, personal development courses (eg: public speaking), apprentice- ships, TAFE and uni courses and the entrance requirements, jobs and occupations in demand now and in the future. Be actively involved in Transition Planning Meetings while at school, enlisting the aid of Support Teachers (Transition). Use the Internet: Many internet recruitment sites will help you learn more about specific job descriptions. See hand out titled “Useful Websites”. Local community members: Ask local community members and business people for advice if they are involved in an area of work you're interested in. T H E F U T U R E S P O RTA L Information Sheet - Number 16 GETTING CAREER ACVICE You can find out about the kind of skills that are expected, the working conditions and hours, pay ranges and study or courses available. Parents and relatives: Talk to parents and relatives if you think they've got some good ideas and advice - and take the good with the bad. Don't be swayed by nega- tive or out-dated career perceptions. Older brothers and sisters: Talk to older brothers and sisters about careers and sources of informa- tion. They may have great pointers. Business owners: If you want to start your own venture - find out what gems of wisdom business owners have to offer. This is just about the best way to find the facts behind the fiction when running your own business. Personal Network: Talk to your friends who are interested in exploring career or enterprise options, share the experience and be motivated by each other. Don't be dragged down by other people who don't want to take control of their future or have negative ideas of the future - they won't help you. Open days: Attend open days or career fairs at universities, job recruiters, large and small companies. This is your opportunity to hear it 'straight from the horse's mouth' – and that means asking questions, asking questions and asking yet more questions!