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Plan And Prepare
Getting a Job

Failing to plan is planning to fail. Whilst goal setting is knowing where you are going, planning is the vehicle that you are going to take to get you there.
The hard thing is that with a career, there are many vehicles that you can take to get you to your destination. What the person next to you does may or may not be appropriate for you.

For instance, it might be your dream to work in the foreign affairs department to administer Australian foreign policy. In that particular case, do you:

a) Travel, considering that travel will help you understand other cultures
b) Study an international business degree
c) Study 2-3 foreign languages
d) Study international law

What you have to find out is if the above paths lead into you end goal. You have to be really aware that what you may be doing is not a waste of your time and effort. This is really important for high school students choosing their university options. What young people don’t realise is that there may be shorter, simpler options to get where they want to be. Some decisions are cut and dry, but students can and do end up with qualifications that they never use. Failing to plan is planning to fail.

At the end of the day, all four above options might be viable. You have to find out from someone in a position you would like to be in or from the organisation itself. Call the foreign affairs department and ask about your options. Another option would be to have a look at some online positions available not to apply for them, but to do some research. Type in ‘foreign policy advisor’ into a search engine.
If the four options are viable after doing this research, then the choice depends on what is important to you. You might decide to travel now and put off studying, considering you can come back to study as a mature age student. After all, these days you can study part time or even by correspondence through Open Universities Australia. Alternatively, you might feel you want to get study out of the way as soon as possible and start earning a full time salary.

You may regret certain choices so it is important to be proactive in your planning.

Below are some tips to make sure you have a good solid plan:

1. Find out the multiple pathways to reach where you want to go. This comes with research.
2. Choose which pathway is best for you, depending on length of course, flexibility of course options, cost, and so on.
3. Stay flexible in your approach. Plans have to be flexible for the unexpected.
4. Stay focused. Never lose sight of the big picture.
5. Have fun. Choosing what to study can be stressful with the multitude of options available, but don’t take it too seriously.

For more information, Click Here to visit Youth Into Action and check out their Career E-Book!

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