To celebrate the 400 year anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, Prospects have delved into his work to share some Shakespearian careers advice.
“We are such stuff as dreams are made on” - The Tempest
Dreams are great, if you have been dreaming about what you want to do with your life then you are already halfway to success. As long as your dreams are achievable, and it’s probably best not to pin your career plans on winning X Factor, being picked to play for England or winning the lottery, you can start researching the different entry pathways to get into your dream career.
If you haven’t got a dream job in mind however, you are not alone. Deciding what you want to do can be tough, and that’s not just when you leave school. In today’s world most of us don’t have one career or a job for life, we take career journeys.
One way to get an overview of options that could suit you is to take a personality test. A good one is the Buzz Test http://icould.com/buzz/?ref=menu, based on Myers-Briggs it suggests a few career ideas and offers an insight into your personality type.
Once you have a few ideas you can do more research, using the National Careers Service job family pages https://nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk/advice/planning/jobfamily/Pages/default.aspx. These will give you an insight into what a job pays, the tasks involved, the skills and qualifications required and how to get into a career.
From here you can start your job hunt.
“This above all: to thine own self be true” - Hamlet
When you apply for jobs it is important to be yourself. When you create your CV be honest, and personalise your covering letter. Your CV needs to sell you, but it needs to be a true reflection of your achievements, lying on your application could lose you the job.
If your application succeeds you will be invited for an interview. Most people feel nervous when they go for an interview but it is important to be yourself. That doesn’t mean you don’t need to prepare to be the best yourself you can be, give yourself the best chance by rehearsing your lines and polishing your performance.
All interviewers are different but most will ask you about your work history, your skills and your experience. Practice your answers, you can find the top ten interview questions here https://nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk/advice/getajob/interviews/Pages/top10interviewquestions.aspx
“Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them” - Twelfth Night
If you are successful in your interview it will soon be time to start your new job.
Remember if you want to achieve greatness and succeed in your new career you will need to work hard and show you have the skills your employer needs. The main skills your employer will want is for you to turn up, everyday and on time. Other skills they need are practical and technical skills, the ability to manage and prioritise tasks, customer handling skills, team working, negotiating skills, managing and planning skills as well as basic numeracy, IT and literacy skills.
If you want to achieve greatness and gain a promotion you can improve your skills to open up new opportunities. There are courses, online blogs and communities, helpful websites and advisers who can help you including your careers adviser in school or college, a local young people’s service and the National Careers Service.
Prospects supports more than 500,000 people each year inspiring them to develop their potential. If you are an adult seeking careers advice, a young person or family member you can visit www.prospects.co.uk to find out more about our local services.