At first glance, choosing the right career may seem like an extremely daunting task, and well, it can be.
Your working life may seem like it’s far away, and you may have no idea what direction to take, or you might know exactly where you want to be, and how to get there.
You have the option and ability to change your career at any time, whether you’re taking your first steps into the exciting world of work, or 20 years into a job and looking to try your hand at something new.
Choose a job you love, and you’ll never work a day in your life. It’s a well-known quote because of how true it is. You spend so much time at work, so it makes sense to do something you enjoy. Start by looking at your hobbies and interests, what you enjoy doing in your leisure time, look at why you enjoy doing those things and you’re already well on your way to potentially discovering what could be your future career.
There’s also no set route when it comes to your dream career, that’s why it’s important to consider your career path and where you want yours to take you. Whether you decide to study at college and progress to university before starting your career path. Alternatively, you could work part-time whilst attending college, studying your chosen subject, allowing you to gain experience while studying.
There is also the option of an apprenticeship, which allows you to gain on-the-job experience relevant to your future career, and get paid while doing so. Apprenticeships often end with the apprentice gaining full-time, permanent employment. Studies have shown that a staggering 85% of apprentices stay in employment with 64% of these continuing to work at the same employer that they completed their apprenticeship with.
If one of your hobbies or interests involves specific skills, such as woodworking or gardening, you may be interested in one of our Construction or Land-based courses. Allowing you to progress into some amazing careers such as an Architect, Builder, Landscape Gardener or Horticulturist to name a few.
You can use our career pathways tool to assist you in finding the right course for you. Search by sector or job title or take our profile quiz to help you better understand what career might be right for you.
Simply ask yourself, what do you enjoy? What are you passionate about?
If you’re still drawing a blank, why not try writing a list of what you’re good at, what you enjoy doing, are you outdoorsy? Interested in film? A budding artist? Or perhaps good with numbers?
Completing a self-assessment can reveal things you didn’t realise before and steer you onto a path you hadn’t previously considered. If you need further help or advice, we have a whole team of people who can help discuss your options with you.
Whether you’re looking to attend Dearne Valley College, Rotherham College or North Notts College, attending an Open Event is the perfect opportunity for you to meet the tutors, and ask any questions you may have about the courses available to you.
We hold multiple Open Events throughout the year, across all our campuses. Visit our Open Events page for more information.