Entering the world of work and choosing a career path can be a daunting transition. Alongside thinking about your interests and passions, it’s also helpful to know where the opportunities are. With so much uncertainty in the world today thanks to COVID-19, matching your passions to a career in a growing industry can give you some peace of mind.
Here are three industries where opportunities abound, and some tips to determine whether they are right for you.
Healthcare and community support
From registered nurses to aged care and disability support workers, our healthcare and community support sector is in need of qualified workers. There is a diverse range of career opportunities on offer, and with demand growing, the outlook for jobs and potential for wage growth is excellent.
If you have a passion for working with people, helping others, and want to have a positive impact on the community, this could be the industry for you. In these roles, every day will be different, with a variety of challenges and opportunities to change people’s lives for the better.
It’s not your traditional 9 to 5, and can suit those who don’t see themselves behind a desk. It also offers opportunities across the country, in cities and regions, giving you choice over where you live and work.
31% of roles in this industry require vocational education and training (VET) qualifications, so you don’t have to go to uni to get started. You can check out some great course options here.
Accommodation and food services
While this industry was hit hard by the pandemic, it’s back with a bang! Whether you see yourself running a hotel, cooking in a commercial kitchen or planning winning guest experiences, there are a broad range of careers in this growing industry.
They are suited to a wide variety of personalities, from those who like customer service and helping others to those with creative passions. It’s a great chance to live and work in interesting locations here or around the world, or even support your local industry. It can be a great gateway to running your own business too.
You can even consider undertaking a traineeship in this industry that can see you getting started straight away, building your career and earning while you learn.
Our traditional trade industries are facing a skills shortage right now, meaning Australia is in need of more qualified mechanics, electricians, plumbers and carpenters, to name just a few. With technology playing an increasingly important role in these industries, employers are looking for HSC graduates with an interest in science, technology, mathematics and engineering (STEM) subjects.
With such significant demand, opportunities abound in these spaces, and can be worth a look, particularly if you are interested in a varied career, where no two days are the same. You’ll be rewarded by seeing what you have built, created, fixed or designed and you won’t be tied to a desk.
If this interests you, an apprenticeship can offer some fantastic benefits, and help you build a lifelong career you’ll love. You’ll earn while you learn, working towards nationally recognised qualifications that can take you anywhere you want to go.
If you want to find out about more career paths that match your skills and interests, head to www.careergate.org.au and take our free, quick quiz. By answering a few simple questions about yourself, you’ll receive instant results on careers that may be suited to you and can even start applying for vacancies in your area straight away.