Ap­ply what you have learnt

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THE ef­fort at­ten­dees put in vis­it­ing the expo does not stop once they go home.

Af­ter­wards, they should take time to re­view the in­for­ma­tion they’ve dis­cov­ered about ca­reer choices:

READ through the in­for­ma­tion col­lected at the event to re­fresh your mem­ory and nar­row av­enues to pur­sue.

Take notes based on your read­ing for any fol­low-up ques­tions or in­for­ma­tion you would like to pur­sue.

STORE the brochures and busi­ness cards in a ca­reers or stud­ies port­fo­lio for handy ref­er­ence later in the year when ap­ply­ing for jobs or places in train­ing cour­ses.

CON­TACT the rep­re­sen­ta­tives you have talked with at the expo for more in­for­ma­tion.

It also may be use­ful to send em­ploy­ers an email thank­ing them for their time and in­clud­ing your con­tact de­tails to re­mind them of your in­ter­est should em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties arise in the short term.

AT­TEND spe­cific open days at ed­u­ca­tion in­sti­tu­tions of­fer­ing cour­ses in which you are in­ter­ested to get a feel for the cam­pus and accommodation op­tions.

CON­SIDER the fi­nan­cial cost of the course or the start­ing salary of the job in which you are in­ter­ested.

Ask your­self if you can man­age course fees and, if not, in­ves­ti­gate pay­ment op­tions or schol­ar­ships that may be avail­able. Iden­tify the fu­ture salary po­ten­tial of a job as short-term pain may lead to long-term gain.

RE­SEARCH sim­i­lar cour­ses in which you are in­ter­ested. This may help de­ter­mine whether the orig­i­nal course is right for you or if there are bet­ter al­ter­na­tives.

TALK to peo­ple who al­ready work in the in­dus­try, such as friends, fam­ily or their friends.

Most work­ers are happy to give oth­ers ad­vice about the po­ten­tial path­ways and ex­pe­ri­ence of be­ing in their in­dus­try.

– Tessa Akerman

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