Author(s): Caroline Sandford
How do you figure out what sort of work is right for you?
Do you choose university, find a trade, or get a job?
What subjects do you study to make sure you then find work?
What if you choose a course or job you don’t like?
What if you decide on a line of work that doesn’t exist in five years’ time?
The answers start with first understanding how to make good decisions for yourself.
This practical book for 15-25-year-olds introduces the four key stages involved in making good decisions for your career. It contains easy exercises that will help you:
* understand who you are and who you want to become,
* explore the options that are right for you,
* create an action plan that ensures you have what you need to realise your goals,
* identify the strategies your need to create the future that YOU want.
Based on solid research and proven theory, this book will help give young people the clarity and confidence they need when deciding on their career and future world of work.
'For young people like me who might be struggling to find their direction, Love Your Career from the Start provides a helpful process. It breaks everything down into manageable steps and doesn't overcomplicate things. What really helped me was understanding myself first before looking at what I might want to do for a career.
I discovered how my personality and values could relate to my future job - it's not all about my skillset and the money I could earn.' Allie, 17
'It's excellent to have a comprehensive one-stop resource like this that you can refer to again and again. The exercises and activities helped me set up a pathway for my future in a way that feels natural and was easy to understand. Now I know there are more options available to me than what my family and friends want me to do.
I want to follow my own aspirations rather than getting stuck in something I don't really like.' Tom, 17
Caroline Sandford is a career specialist and certified coach with over 20 years' experience. She is a regular contributor to newspaper articles on career advice, and an experienced speaker and lecturer. She is CEO of Love Your Career, the company she founded to provide coaching, training and support for people at every stage of their career journey. She has helped hundreds of people of all ages create the life they want. She has an MA (Hons.) in Industrial Psychology and a Graduate Certificate in Career Development. She is also a Fellow of Career Development Association of New Zealand, and a member of HRNZ, CATE and ICF.
Contents: Preface Note to parents Introduction PART ONE: Laying the Foundations 1 The world of work is changing fast 2 Some important influences Exercise 1: What are your influences? 3 The four key stages to making good decisions PART TWO: Know Who You Are Introduction 4 Values Exercise 2: What is important to you? Exercise 3: What are your 10 most important values? Exercise 4: Your top 10 values 5 Your interests Exercise 5: Discovering your interests Exercise 6: Reflection 6 Using your strengths Exercise 7: Discovering your strengths 7 Your personality Exercise 8: What is your personality? Summary Exercise 9: Summary PART THREE: Explore Your Options Introduction Exercise 10: What jobs excite you? Exercise 11: What do you need to find out? 8 Online research 9 Informational interviewing Exercise 12: Your questions 10 Networking Exercise 13: Network map 11 Gaining experience Exercise 14: Assessing your employability skills 12 Joining an industry group Exercise 15: Summary of your actions PART FOUR: Plan Your Action Introduction 13 The Decision Matrix analysis Exercise 16: Decision Matrix 14 SWOT analysis Exercise 17: SWOT analysis 15 Gap analysis Exercise 18: Gap analysis 16 Setting SMART goals Exercise 19: SMART goals 17 Gantt chart PART FIVE: Create Your Future Introduction 18 Creative strategies 19 Study 20 Job search 21 The gap year 22 Last words and conclusion Appendix: Values Card Sort Notes References and further reading Acknowledgements Index