Career Information

Hints On Planning A Career

Planning your career, even at a young age, is one of the best ways to achieve your goals in life. Having a clear understanding of what you want and how you are going to get there will not only increase your chances of success, but help make each step along the way more satisfying.

To start planning your career we recommend following these steps:

  • First, think about your hobbies and interests. What do you like? What do you hate? What are you good at? What are you just not willing to do? These are important things to consider in order to find a job that you will be happy in.
  • Write out what you want in a job now. Think about things like why you want a job, what you expect to be doing, when you want to work, and how much you (realistically) want to make.
  • Write out what you want in the future. In 10 or 20 years time what would you like to be doing. Again, be realistic in your expectations, and don’t worry if you aren’t completely sure – these goals can change over time.
  • Write out your current experience and skills. This will also help you put together your resume.
  • Now compare these 3 lists. What extra skills do you need to achieve your immediate career goals? What do you need to achieve your long term career goals?
  • Start investigating training opportunities. You may still be in high school but it is never to early to start undertaking internship and certificate programs.
  • List out industries and types of jobs that you think will fulfil your immediate goals, as well as act as a stepping stone to your long term goals.
  • Get your resume together and start applying! (If you are changing jobs or starting your first) OR update your resume. (Even if you aren’t changing jobs updating your resume regularly will make it easier when you do)
  • Repeat this process once a year. Your career path will continue to grow and change, it is important to reassess your plan often.

Info: I don't know what I want to do!

That is totally fine!

It is normal to not be sure of what you want to do in your teens. In fact, a lot of people don’t figure it out until much later in life. Now-days it is quite common to change your career multiple times through out your life, so if you aren’t sure yet don’t worry, you have plenty of time to figure it out!

Start thinking about what you might like to do without putting too much pressure on it. Again, think about what you enjoy and what you don’t. Think about the kind of lifestyle you want, and what kinds of careers offer that.

If you are comfortable, ask some of the people you know about their careers, hearing about different jobs may help you figure out what is right for you!

Another great idea is to do some work experience. This will highlight your skills and preferences and allow you to trial and error your way through planning a career.

"It is normal to not be sure of what you want to do in your teens."


Career Practitioners

Barossa Career Service
Contact Details
Location: 28 Murray Street, Tanunda
Phone: 8563 3603
Hours of Operation
Appointments available Monday to Friday
9:00am to 5:00pm
Outreach Service to Kapunda, Two Wells and Gawler (by appointment)

Regional Development Australia – Yorke and Mid North Career Services
Midge Wallace
Contact Details
Phone: 1300 068 531 / 0427 423 115
Hours of Operation
By appointment on Monday to Thursday.

Northern Adelaide Career and Workforce Development Centre
Contact Details
Location:  Elizabeth Shopping Centre, Elizabeth or 1B Gawler Street, Salisbury SA 5108
Phone: Freecall 1800 619 933
Hours of Operation
Monday – Friday – 9.00am – 4.00pm

Regional Development Australia Yorke and Mid North Career Services
John Carbone
Contact Details
Phone: 1300 068 531 / 0408 926 413
Hours of Operation
By appointment on Thursdays and Fridays

Industry Specific Webinars


Check out MyFutures website for a bunch of great webinars about a variety of industries.
Click Here.

Useful Links

General Career Websites

Myfuture: Australia’s career information service
An interactive, online career exploration service for 16 to 24 year old students wishing to explore their career options. Helps you see job possibilities, identify your own interests and skill areas, and set career goals and plans to achieve them.

Job Outlook
Outlines careers and labour market information to help you decide on your future career. Provides information on trends and prospects for occupations, linking to vacancies on JobSearch and education and training courses on the myfuture website. You can also take a quick quiz to help you identify what types of work you most like doing.

Department of Employment: Job Guide
Looks at a range of occupations and their education and training pathways. Gives useful information on working out what occupations suit you best, based on your interests and abilities.

Training and Specific career websites

My Skills website
Australia’s Directory of Training. Contains training information and the type of skills gained in a training course and links to Registered Training Organisations offering a range of courses.

MyUniversity website
Lists universities across Australia as well as the type of degree programmes and degree course design that each university offers. Some universities specialise in certain areas of study and only some courses are offered at particular universities.

Australian Apprenticeships Pathways website
Provides searchable information and resources covering a huge range of potential apprenticeship and traineeship career pathways.

Defence Jobs
Find out more about life in the Australian Defence Force or about Army, Navy and Air Force careers.

Yorke and Mid North Workforce Development Service

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