Take control of your career pathway

PLAN NOW: It’s important all people actively take control of their career pathway planning.
PLAN NOW: It’s important all people actively take control of their career pathway planning. File

A PERSON'S career is the total of one's paid or unpaid work, learning and roles undertaken throughout one's life.

With the rapidity of change in the 21st century, it is safe to say that very few people will have the same job or occupation for life.

It is, therefore, essential that all people actively take control of their career pathway planning.

So where does one start? Regardless of your age, there are some key considerations when planning your pathway:

  •  What do I like?
  •  What's important to me?
  •  What I'm good at (my skills)
  •  What are my employability skills?
  •  What qualifications do I have?
  •  What have I learnt from my experiences?
  •  What are my short/medium/long-term goals?
  •  Explore and investigate alternatives.

There is a wide variety of resources published online to assist people contemplating occupational changes and in their career planning. Samples of useful online sites include:


Often, people ask what are the future trends or declining industries?

A review of the Australian Jobs 2013 published by DEEWR (Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations) has identified the 10 industries for projected employment growth to December 2017:

  •  Health Care and Social Assistance
  •  Retail Trade
  •  Construction
  •  Accommodation and food services
  •  Education and Training
  •  Professional, scientific and technical services
  •  Public administration and safety
  •  Transport, postal and warehousing
  •  Other services
  •  Administrative and support services

Similarly, some industries may face declining patterns.

Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing areas are expected to decrease by 4.2% of 13,500 to Dec 2017. Local trends in terms of career expansion and shrinkage can occur in all areas, and are impacted upon by economic circumstances at the time.

By coming to the Career Market at WIRAC on July 29 (5.30pm - 7.30pm), you can talk with a range of training organisations, local employers, training providers and tertiary study providers to help kick start your active career pathway planning.

Topics:  employment jobs

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