What next?

Finding a job

Though it’s difficult to find a job that meets all of your criteria for satisfaction, getting hired can be even more daunting.

Preparing for Your Job Search

Learn about what to do before you begin looking for a job. The foundation of a successful job search is a solid understanding of your skills, capabilities, strengths, and accomplishments.

Where Can I Find Jobs?

Learn about where to look to get entry-level employment. The best way to find employment locally is through “networking”, connecting with your personal contacts – your teachers, recent colleagues, friends etc. Also check out the Gibraltar Chronicle regularly and sign up with the Department for Trade and Industry and any other job searching agency.

Preparing Your Resume or Curriculum Vitae

Learn how to craft a successful resume or curriculum vitae and view a sample resume, curriculum vitae, cover letter, and more. Try out the following website to help with creating a c.v. (more to follow):

Handling a Job Interview

Learn how to prepare for an interview and develop your interviewing skills. A job interview can be less nerve-wracking if you prepare yourself for it. You should start by learning something about the organization for which you wish to work. It goes without saying that being on time for your job interview is essential. Dress carefully and conservatively. To help you rehearse for your interview write down a list of questions that you think would be applicable and ask someone to pretend to be the interviewer. Go over your c.v. and prepare to expand on certain areas such as interests, thing that you might have done on a voluntary basis etc. (more to follow)

Turn Interviews Into Offers

Demonstrating your ability to communicate during an interview doesn’t necessarily require a course in salesmanship – just some preparation and the right attitude. Attitude is everything, and the right attitude combines enthusiasm for the position, forthrightness about one’s strengths and weaknesses, and willingness to learn. Be honest about your accomplishments and also about your weaknesses.

Choosing a career

Do you think you know everything about choosing a career? Choosing a career is more than just looking for a job. Many people think they know the right way to go about picking an occupation, but they often wind up choosing a career that is unsatisfying. Here are ten myths of choosing a career along with resources that can help you make an informed decision.

#1 Choosing a career is simple

Actually, choosing a career is an involved process and you should give it the time it deserves. Career planning is a multi-step process that involves learning enough about yourself and the occupations which you are considering in order to make an informed decision.

#2 A career counsellor can tell me what occupation to pick

A career counselor, or any other career development professional, can’t tell you what career is best for you. He or she can provide you with guidance in choosing a career and can help facilitate your decision.

#3 I can’t make a living from my hobby

Says who? When choosing a career, it makes perfect sense to choose one that is related to what you enjoy doing in your spare time, if you so desire. In addition people tend to become very skilled in their hobbies, even though most of the skill is gained informally.

#4 I should choose a career from a “Best Careers” list

Every year, especially during milestone years, i.e. the beginning of a new decade, there are numerous articles and books that list what “the experts” predict will be “hot jobs.” It can’t hurt to look at those lists to see if any of the careers on it appeal to you, but you shouldn’t use the list to dictate your choice. While the predictions are often based on valid data, sometimes things change. Way too often what is hot this year won’t be hot a few years from now. In addition, you need to take into account your interests, values, and skills when choosing a career. Just because the outlook for an occupation is good, it doesn’t mean that occupation is right for you.

#5 Making a lot of money will make me happy

While salary is important, it isn’t the only factor you should look at when choosing a career. Countless surveys have shown that money doesn’t necessarily lead to job satisfaction. For many people enjoying what they do at work is much more important. However, you should consider earnings, among other things, when evaluating an occupation.

#6 Once I choose a career I’ll be stuck in it forever

Not true. If you are unsatisfied in your career for any reason, you can always change it. You’ll be in good company. Many people change careers several times over the course of their lifetimes.

#7 If I change careers my skills will go to waste

Your skills are yours to keep. You can take them from one job to another. You may not use them in the exact same way, but they won’t go to waste.

#8 If my best friend (or sister, uncle, or neighbour) is happy in a particular field, I will be too

Everyone is different and what works for one person won’t necessarily work for another, even if that other person is someone with whom you have a lot in common. If someone you know has a career that interests you, look into it, but be aware of the fact that it may not necessarily be a good fit for you.

#9 All I have to do is pick an occupation…

Things will fall into place after that Choosing a career is a great start, but there’s a lot more to do after that. A Career Action Plan is a road map that takes you from choosing a career to becoming employed in that occupation to reaching your long-term career goals.

#10 There’s very little I can do to learn about an occupation without actually working in it

While first hand experience is great, there are other ways to explore an occupation. You can read about it either in print resources or online. You can also interview those working in that field.

A good place to start is to look at what you like the most and what you are good at. Try out the skills and interest assessment, at the link below: