How to discover the career of your dreams

Finding the ideal career path can be a daunting task, regardless of whether you're a fresh graduate or are considering re-skilling for a new industry. If you're in the position of discovering the right job for you, take a look at our tips.

1. Go to an open day

Learning institutions often have open days for prospective students to discover more about the facilities, education offerings and what life is like while studying. At William Angliss Institute you can visit the campus even when it's not an official open day, along with booking in a tour and chatting to the Institute's teachers and other professionals to help find out what course of study is best suited to your requirements.

2. Look at course outlines online

Browse through online course outlines to get a grasp on your future. Narrow your possible courses down into categories – say, hospitality, travel and tourism – if you're not sure about where to start, or think about your dream job and work backwards from there. If you know exactly what you want to do for a living, search the internet and ask course providers what qualifications and training you will need to achieve this goal, and look through the course catalogue to find a study option that suits. 

3. Consider your commitment levels

Some courses take three years of full time study whereas short courses can run for as little time as a few hours. Make sure you factor in how long you want to spend studying and whether you can commit to doing so full-time. Many courses allow you the option of part-time study, which means you can fit it in around your existing career, while a short course can be enough of a taster to help you decide whether you want to pursue a career full-time or if you're best suited to something else.

4. Think about what makes you happy

Nearly seven per cent of all Australians in paid employment are dissatisfied with their jobs, according to 2013 research by Roy Morgan. Avoid becoming a statistic by considering what truly makes you happy in a role before diving into a new occupation. If you're someone who needs diversity and can't stand being indoors all day, an office job may not be the best fit for you. If you like constant feedback and supervision, an autonomous role might not be the best fit. Think about the elements you most want in a job and plan your study accordingly.