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Research

There are many ways of investigating a career idea but it's important that you have done some background reading about what's involved in your chosen career. If you have an idea in mind it may be that you have already looked into this in some detail- or you may have just the beginnings of an idea and need to know more about what's involved. Begin by looking at general information about what skills and qualities are needed, work environment, hours, starting salary and any specific qualifications you might require before being considered by an employer.

Use the A-Z Careers to find out lots of useful information about your ideas. To research the local Labour Market you can use Local Labour Market Facts and to find out about different career sectors in Guernsey you can use Career Sectors in Guernsey.

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Adult Directions is another resource which will enable you to research the careers you're interested in and may also give you other ideas to look into. Request a log-in here or paste careers.guernseyadultdirections@gov.gg into your e-mail browser and put 'log in request' in the subject field. We will then immediately send you the password you need to access the resource.


Self awareness

Once you have the background knowledge you need, think about your own skills, qualities, qualifications and  preferences and compare these to what is required in your area of interest. As an adult, your decision may be influenced much more by personal circumstances  There are ways of helping you with your own self awareness. Adult Directions is one tool that can be useful with this, but there are other things that can help. A discussion with a Careers Adviser would help you with this aspect of your research.

Investigate

Once you have confirmed that your idea is realistic, try and find out more. If you have contacts in the industry such as family or friends, ask them about the things they do at work and for an honest opinion about how they feel about their job. If you don't know anyone in the industry, try contacting the HR Department of a company in this field. They may be able to arrange for you to meet someone to talk about a particular career.  It may be possible for you to arrange some work experience in order to get a first hand look at what goes on. The Careers Show is held once a year and is also an opportunity for you to talk about your interests with relevant professionals. Check the Careers Show site for details of the next event and to access information about local companies.

Make an informed decision

Once you have all the information you need, you should be able to make a balanced and informed decision. If you still feel you need to talk things through before making a final decision, you can speak to one of the Careers Advisers at Careers Guernsey.

Working for Yourself

A great idea, hard work and a little luck are all factors that make a business a success. It also helps to have a positive mental attitude and to be a good communicator.

When considering a new business, the potential entrepreneur must consider a number of factors before committing too much time, effort and money to the project. You can get advice and guidance from Startup Guernsey which was set up in 1984, with the aim being to provide advice and assistance to anybody in Guernsey wishing to explore the possibilities of setting up a business on the Island. Startup Guernsey is funded primarily by the States of Guernsey but also generates income through sponsorship of its website which is designed to help people in business or getting started. Please see relevant links, 'Starting up your own business in Guernsey' on the right.

To gain experience on how to run a business it is a good idea to take part in Young Enterprise Guernsey. Students or achievers as they are called are guided and mentored by volunteer business advisors and given the opportunity to set up and run a company. To find out more click on the relevant link 'Guernsey Young Enterprise' on the right.

 

I don't have any career ideas

Choosing your career

Working out what job or career to do can be difficult. Some people know from a young age what they would like to do, but for most of us things are a bit more complicated. The key to career choice is to be aware of yourself; what are your strengths and weaknesses, what do you like/dislike about work and what are you really interested in?

There are several things that can help with this, including skills checks, computer guidance programmes, aptitude tests and psychometric assessments. This should be followed by a period of research which may include reading as much as you can about areas of interest, talking to people who already do the work and possibly getting some work experience. As an adult, you will need to take into consideration your own circumstances with regard to finances and commitments.

Research and self awareness

There are several tools that can help you begin to get an idea of careers that might be suitable for you. Although these can be useful, they can only be used as a starting point for further investigation.

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Adult Directions is a resource which will enable you to answer questions based around your interests and skills. Request a log-in here or paste careers.guernseyadultdirections@gov.gg into your e-mail browser and put 'log in request' in the subject field. We will then immediately send you the password you need to access the resource.


Be aware that opportunities may well be different in Guernsey and you should also research the local Labour Market to check the levels of employment in this area by looking at Local Labour Market Facts.

Total Professions - 'career chooser' tool, information about Professional qualifications and international career opportunities.

Job Profiles - Research jobs and careers. Find out what skills, qualities and qualifications you need for particular roles

Investigate

Once you have some solid ideas, try and find out more. If you have contacts in the industry such as family or friends, ask them about the things they do at work and for an honest opinion about how they feel about their job. If you don't know anyone in the industry, try contacting the HR Department of a company in this field. They may be able to arrange for you to meet someone to talk about a particular career.  It may be possible for you to arrange some work experience in order to get a first hand look at what goes on. The Careers Show is held once a year and is also an opportunity for you to talk about your interests with relevant professionals. Check the Careers Show site for details of the next event and to access information about local companies.

Making an informed decision

Once you have all the information you need, you should be able to make a balanced and informed decision. If you still feel you need to talk things through before making a final decision, you can speak to one of the Careers Advisers at Careers Guernsey.