How can I use career information?

Researching the required duties, salary, training pathways and future career prospects of occupations that interest you will help you make smart career choices.

On the Career Centre website we have over 500 occupational profiles featuring a snap shot of everything you need to know when considering pursuing a particular career. Use the profiles and tips below to explore your options.

Broaden your horizons – if you are interested in early childhood education, broaden your options and explore careers in the community services industry or if you are interested in flying explore the aviation industry.

Make sure your sources are valid – be aware of who is presenting the information and why. Different organisations and groups may present information differently depending on their goals.researching-reading-investigating-2

Make sure the information is current – check the information is up to date. Recognise that predictions about future trends need to be considered in combination with a range of information including individual interests, skills and values.

Investigate a range of sources – gather information from different sources and then compare them. This will help clarify your choices.

Think geographically – some specialised occupations may be regional or metropolitan specific and job prospects may vary according to location.

Be aware of patterns and themes – hopefully you will have spent some time working through the knowing yourself section of the Career Centre website. And if you haven’t, give it a go, as you may be able to see common themes and patterns that draw you to similar occupations or industry groups. Make sure you write these down.

What’s my next step?
The occupational profiles on the Career Centre site are intended to be used as a source of impartial information aimed at helping you to explore career pathways. Once you have selected a few specific occupations you could conduct more detailed research into those careers, including talking to people who know about the occupations and industries you are interested in, such as key industry groups.