Apply what you have learnt
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