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What Jobs Can I Do?

Many people simply don't know what career path they want to follow. If this is you, don't panic. Just ask yourself some simple questions, and you can make the job hunt a whole lot clearer. And whether you're looking for your first job, or you're stuck in a job you want to change, this is for you.

1. Which jobs match my personality?

It can be a good starting idea to write a list of all your main character traits before you commence thinking about jobs. Are you creative? Or someone who's good with numbers? Are you a natural-born leader? Or are you the complete opposite of all that?

2. What qualifications do I have?

Yes, it makes sense to look for a job that matches your qualifications, as it stands a good chance that you did the course for that reason in the first place. But, you can go even further and drill down to what you enjoyed about your course. For example, if you did an English Literature degree, you may have enjoyed the writing essays part, but hated giving presentation - or vice-versa. Look for jobs which suit specific elements of the course you've been on, and highlight these in both your CV and covering letter.

If you think you don't have the exact right qualification for the job you want, see if you can find elements within it which match it more appropriately. If you see a job in advertising, but did a History degree, talk about essays helped with your writing skills, while your dissertation showed you could work on a long-term project.

3. What are my hobbies?

It would be a dream to have a job which involves their hobby, as they say you will never work a day if your job is something you love. It doesn't have to just be a dream though, if you want it badly enough. Just write a list of all the things that you love to do, and then look for jobs which match.

4. What kind of career progression and challenges do I want to face?

Are you someone who thrives on challenges and hard work, and wants to go far in their career? When looking for jobs, always look for those which offer a good career progression - and don't be afraid to ask about this in interviews. Look for jobs which have a lot of varied tasks, as this is bound to help you feel challenged. If however, you prefer a routine, focus your energies on finding a job which plays on a particular key strength of yours.

5. What are my preferred working patterns?

Humans tend to fall into the working pattern of 9-5 without much thought, but it could be that you work better later in the day, first thing in the morning, or maybe even weekends. If you're a night owl, you might find the morning grind particularly hard to get to grips with. Although there are fewer of these kind of jobs around, if you're willing to show your flexibility to work outside the usual 9-5, this can also help you stand out from other candidates. Don't forget, there are sometimes financial benefits to working "unsociable hours" too. Every little helps!!