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How to choose the right career for you

Are you unsure of what kind of job you want or feel overwhelmed when faced with a number of opportunities? It’s not uncommon to feel unsure about what career path you want to take, or what steps to take to further your existing career. Here are a few questions you can ask yourself to help you choose.


What am I good at?

Consider what your skills are and make a list. These do not necessarily need to be related to work, and can include what you felt you were best at in your education or what interpersonal (or social) skills you have.


Knowing your skills will help you think about what kind of role will suit you and help you filter available opportunities when searching through our Opportunities pages. For example, if you are are good at communicating with others, a career in Customer Service might be for you, or a passion for cooking could point you towards getting a job in the hospitality sector.


Sometimes it is hard to identify what skills we have on our own. If you are unsure what your greatest skills are, why not ask a trusted friend, family member, ex-tutor or job advisor for their thoughts. If you live in a Six Town Housing property, you could always contact us for a chat too.


What is the best environment for my personality?

There are plenty of jobs out there to match your personality type. If you are unsure what kind of personality you have, there are informal tests you can take online (such as this one) that might help you, or you could ask someone you trust for their opinion.


People who are generally louder and more confident like being around others and feed off their energy, often enjoying a quick pace and multi-tasking. Quieter people often like working in small groups in a more managed pace, seeing individual tasks though to the end to achieve great results. Some people might be “thinkers” who make decisions and problem solving based on objectively weighing up facts, whereas others may act on their emotions more and consider how others will be affected by actions they take.


Everyone is different and every aspect of your personality can help draw you to a particular role. If you live in a Six Town Housing property and need help identifying your personality type, or the kind of role it might help you excel in, why not get in touch for an informal chat.


Does this career sound interesting?

Most people spend up to 40 hours a week in work so it is important that you choose a job that will excite you. If you have a bleak outlook on a job then this will reflect in your work, how motivated you feel and how happy you are. Think about your hobbies or what you enjoy doing most in your spare time, and which careers might be linked to these.


Once you reflect and answer the above questions, this may lead you into the career of your dreams, but remember, if you’re still struggling and live in a Six Town Housing home, please register your details with us and one of your Community Development Workers can meet with you to discuss a range of opportunities to suit you.

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