Top careers advice for teenagers

Finding the job that’s right for you is all about self discovery. That's why careers advice for teenagers is so important. Here are five questions to help you identify your passions and priorities.

  • If all work was equally paid and equally prestigious, what would you most like to do?
  • If you won the lottery today, how would you spend the rest of your life?
  • If you had nothing to lose by changing careers, what would you change to?
  • As a child, what did you dream of being when you grew up?
  • What gives you the greatest sense of joy, motivation or excitement?

You should now have a good idea of your life goals. The next step is to relate these goals to a practical career. For example:

If all work was equally paid and equally prestigious, you’d be a truck driver: You like doing your own thing and being your own boss. As well as driving jobs, there’s agriculture, postal work or self employment.

If you won the lottery, you’d spend the rest of your life travelling: Why not pursue a career in the travel industry?

If you had nothing to lose by changing careers, you’d start your own business: You don’t need to quit your day job to start a business. Dedicate two hours every evening and see where it takes you!

As a child, you wanted to be a professional footballer: You don’t have to be a world class athlete to become a fitness instructor or a school PE teacher.

You get the most joy and motivation out of helping others: How about a career in the charity sector?

Now that you’ve identified your ideal job, it’s time to get back to reality. Make a list of your practical commitments and requirements. For example:

  • How much do you need to earn to live comfortably?
  • Can you afford a period of financial instability?
  • Can you commit to working irregular hours or weekends?
  • How far are you willing to commute?
  • Are you willing to relocate for the right job?

By the end of your research, you should be able to state: I want to be a xxxxx in yyyyy, earning zzzzz a year.


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