Nothing really prepares you for your final year of studies or the last few years of school where your studies are more focussed.

But it is never as simple as writing your final exams and walking into the career of your dreams. For many people, the first job they get is not usually the career they had studied for. This might be the case for you if you are willing to expand your options in your job search.  

Think about what you are currently good at and what you’ve been most interested in (and done well at) during your varsity career. It could be a specific subject module or extra-curricular activity. 

Focus less on the exact activity or task and more on the skills required. For example, were you great at convincing people to sign up for a particular society or donate to a charitable cause? You could be a salesperson in the making.  

Were you exceptionally organised and the go-to person for study notes and pointers for what is required for tutorials? You could do well in a job that needs you to plan and organise activities for an office, person, or group.  

How were your interpersonal skills? Were you the socialite that brought everyone together to have a great time? Do you enjoy reading or writing? In a group setting, are you coming up with ideas or collecting them from others and weaving them into a coherent narrative or action plan? These are just some questions you can ask yourself and those around you to discover the right career move or next job that would suit you.  

This exercise gives clues about what job you’d excel at after leaving varsity. 

You can do the same if you have some work experience. Think about what you do and what you enjoy doing so much that it doesn’t feel like work.  

Try to also think about the current frustrations of the role or company you’re in; awareness of this can prevent repeating the same mistake.  

With this experience in mind, more parents should be helping their children move into the career best suited to them because many young people still believe that they should consider a career that pays well instead of a job that satisfies them.

At iFacts, we offer a Comprehensive Aptitude Profile Assessment, enabling individuals to align personality attributes to specific careers.

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