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I know what I want to do but I'm not sure how to get there

I need information about my chosen career

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.

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Adult Directions is a 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.


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.

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.

I need help finding work

Starting Out

Your first job after University is an important one, but you should be aware that it can sometimes take time for people to settle into what are truly 'Graduate' jobs. For some, the most important thing after finishing University will be the need to start earning money, whilst others will be looking to move into their chosen field straight away. If you are returning to Guernsey after University, the information below should help with job hunting. If you plan to stay in the UK, your University Careers Service will provide you with the relevant information you need.

The job market for graduates in Guernsey is relatively good . Although this is dominated by Financial and Business Services, there are many opportunities in other work sectors.

For employment purposes, your degree can be used in two main ways- either as a direct entry to a profession (sometimes this also requires post-graduate study) or through utilising the learning capabilities and transferable skills you will have demonstrated and developed during your course.

Use the points below to help plan your search for work.

  Be clear in your own mind about the sort of job you are looking for. Is this a first step on your career or a 'stop gap' job before you move on to something else?

  Create a positive and well presented CV that highlights your skills and qualities. See our CV Tips leaflet for help with this.

 Identify the most appropriate places to look for the job or career you are seeking. See Where do I look for a job? for help with this.

  Get information about local employers and their recruitment practices on www.careersshow.gg

•  Tailor your application and CV to each position you apply for- it's important that you demonstrate an interest in and knowledge of the organisation you are applying to.

  Keep a note of applications you have sent and if you are unsuccessful, ask for feedback as to why.

  If you've been unsuccessful several times, contact a Careers Adviser for help.