When you leave school and decide to enter the workforce, there are some challenges that you'll need to overcome. First and foremost, you'll need to find a job.
However, finding a job can be difficult, and finding a job that you love? Well... that can be even more challenging.
Fortunately, there are some valuable resources available to you that should make the process of finding meaningful, enjoyable employment much easier than it would otherwise be, including something called the Transition to Work (TTW) program, which we’ll get to a little later in this article.
Finding a Job After School: Where to Start
Hopefully, you already have a career in mind; if not, then the first thing you should do is consider what you are good at, what you enjoy doing, and what type of jobs you will likely be qualified for.
Once you have an idea of what you'd like to do, there are a few necessary tasks you should undertake to give yourself the best chance of landing a great job that will help you to develop your skills, expand your social world and provide stable, fulfilling employment.
Let’s go over a few of the things you should do right away when you leave school and decide to find a job in 2022.
1. Prepare a resume
To apply to job vacancies, you'll need to have a resume that outlines your skills and experiences and gives employers an overview of who you are and what you bring to the table.
Be sure to include any courses that you excelled at in school, list any previous work experience you've acquired, and make a note of anything you are particularly good at doing, especially things that relate to the job you're applying for.
2. Practice interviewing
Assuming your resume looks good, you can begin sending it out to employers and sooner or later, you should receive an invitation to attend a job interview either in person or online. During the interview, the employer will ask you a series of questions to determine whether or not you will be a suitable candidate for the job. In other words, they are trying to find out if they should hire you.
If the interview goes well, then there is a good chance you will be offered the job, but if you aren't prepared for the interview, you will might be unsuccessful; as such, it's important to practice the interview beforehand. It's impossible to know exactly what the employer will ask you during the interview, but some common questions include:
- What previous work experience do you have?
- What are your main skills?
- What is your biggest weakness?
- And most importantly, why should we hire you?
There are many other common interview questions, but by answering these ones correctly, you'll give yourself a great chance of landing the job, so practice ahead of the interview so that you aren't nervous when the questions come up.
3. Research your chosen industry
Another great piece of advice is to research the industry you plan to work in ahead of time. If you don’t know anything about the industry, then chances are you won’t be the best candidate.
So, go online, look at different articles pertaining to that industry and familiarise yourself with what the job entails. That way, if your employer asks you what you know about the job, you'll have a great answer that demonstrates that you are prepared to commence work in the industry.
What to Keep in Mind?
Remember, searching for a job can be difficult under the best of circumstances. The job market is competitive, and there will probably be other people competing for the job you're applying for. If you don't succeed in your first interview, don't be discouraged. Learn from it and keep at it; eventually, you'll nail the interview and land a great job that you love.
How Can the Transition to Work (TTW) Program Help?
The Transition to Work (TTW) program is a government-funded program specifically designed to help young people ages 15-24 find long-term employment that will allow them to support themselves in the world after they leave school. Many benefits come with signing up for Asuria’s services of the TTW program including:
- You get paired with an Asuria job coach who will want to understand you, your life experiences and your goals
- We can offer education and job-specific training that aligns with your career aspirations
- Our job coaches are familiar with young people and what is important to them.
For all of these reasons and many more, you should consider signing up for the Transition to Work (TTW) program once you leave school and decide to enter the workforce if you’re eligible.
At Asuria, we help people find meaningful employment as a Transition to Work provider. If you’re eligible for the TTW program, you could find it the perfect boost you need to find a job once you’ve left school.
If you’d like to learn more about Transition to Work or check your eligibility for the program, we’d love to hear from you! You can contact us by filling out the form on this page or calling 1800 773 338.