Factors to consider
Career Planning and Decision Making Cycle
1- Exploring or Knowing Yourself
Understanding yourself helps you to identify what is important to consider when assessing and comparing various options for careers, qualifications, training and work environments.
Various activites and questionnaires available on this website and offered during your Mentor classes can help you identify the factors that contribute to you as an individual.
- your strengths and weaknesses (or challenges - where you want to overcome a weakness)
- your preferred learning and intelligence styles
- personal and family values you hold
- your natural communication style
- current career interests - these can change over time
- how ambitious you are
- your personality type
- ideal training and work environments
2- Exploring and Researching Career Options
- Attend - Open Days, career expo's, seminars, workshops, talk to students currently doing the course.
- Online resources - watch career videos, read the detail about the course content.
- Future Job Prospects - Job Outlook - predicted level of future job opportunities, qualifications, training providers and skills required and average income
- Talk to people - careers counsellor, teachers, parents - advice given may be an opinion - It is important to check the facts before deciding.
- Work Experience - one of the best ways to really see what 'it' is like.
3 - Comparing Options and Making Decisions
- Work out what is most important, interesting and exciting to YOU. Your heart really need to be in it so you will be motivated to study and complete your training to a high standard.
- Create a comparison table - See example below
Course / Career
Certificate III -
Cert II Pre-App,
White card, Car &
4 Years Excellent $62,000 / Architect
Design into a Degree
- Dream big - Dream jobs can come true if you take the right actions and you want it badly enough.
- Positive Attitudes - Are your self-limiting beliefs and behaviours getting in your way of reaching your potential?
- Set goals and work out the steps on how to get there.
- Make a Plan - Develop your Career Action Plans A,B and C - thetre are many pathways to the same place???????
- Personal Style and Personality
Research has shown that choosing school subjects and careers which suit your personality leads to greater job satisfaction, success, recognition, promotions and rewards. Things seem easier to learn...'it just comes naturally'
There are various personality style questionnaires, but they only as accurate as the information you are providing them.
Mordialloc College has access to the My Career Match profile - this is a DISC profile, which can provide insight into your personality strengths and how you will be appeciated in a work environment.
The MBTI is a very popular 'personality style indicator', but is more accurate for students from Year 12 onwards. A free version of a MBTI is available here on the Truity Website. It's an american site, so info on salaries is inaccurate, but the insight on different careers that you could consider is great.
Your interests - these may change quite a lot over time.
Your strengths - What are you naturally good at? What skills are are you willing to work hard to develop
Your values - What is important to you. Status, work-life balance, money, security, helping others, excitement
Future prospects in this job - avoid jobs forecasting low demand for people in the future
If you speak to adults about how they ended up in their current job, most will tell you about some unexpected opportunity which changed the direction of their career and their lives. Whilst some people do go into careers that are structured in a straight line where people get promoted in a predictable order, most people find their lives and careers evolve in a more unplanned random way.
Each time people consider swapping to a different career they should through a cycle of decision making that takes into account what they have learned about themselves and what they are now wanting to learn. You really need to be prepared to think of life as one learning journey.