Helpful tips

Getting a job can be difficult. You need to think about what kind of job you would enjoy doing and what skills you will need to do it. It will help to have a clear idea of what you are looking for. You can use these questions and tips to help you think about what kind of job is right for you. You could use your answers to make a plan stating exactly what you want to achieve and how you are going to do it.

What kind of job is right for you?

  • What are you good at?
  • What do you enjoy doing?
  • What things do you find difficult?
  • Would you like to work in an office?
  • Would you like to work outdoors?
  • Would you like to work in a shop?
  • Do you enjoy dealing with people?
  • Would you like to work full time or part time?

Once you have answered these questions you can look for a job that fulfils all of your requirements. For example if you want to work outdoors and enjoy dealing with people you could try to find a job in garden maintenance.

For some jobs you will need to gain skills or qualifications. To do this you can go to college, find an adult learning course or get hands-on experience by volunteering or doing an apprenticeship. The next few pages will show you different places where you can get the skills you need to get a job.