Prospective Students

When choosing your degree, it is important to think about what you enjoy studying and what you would like to do after graduation. Sometimes you will ask what jobs suit me?

These online resources will help you identify what is important to you in a career and generate lists of careers that may interest you. You can use these lists to identify occupational groupings and specific careers to then link back to the degrees that Flinders offers.

Here are some steps to take:

Undertake self assessment

Look at determining your:

  • Abilities and skills
    • When talking about abilities, people often refer to a combination of factors, including learned skills, natural aptitudes and personality.
  • Interests
    • What interests you will be different from what interests the next person. Your interest may be significant in itself (e.g. music, technology) or the satisfaction gained from your interest may be significant (e.g. a person with a keen interest in outdoor activities may look for a job that includes this as a significant component.)
  • Values
    • Values relate to the purpose or cause for which you prefer to use your talents.
  • Temperament
    • This is to do with how you come across to other people and deal with them, how you approach and deal with tasks and how you react in different situations. Your temperament can affect how comfortable you are with what you do.

You should also look at:

  • Any other studies
    • What have you enjoyed most, and why?  What haven’t you enjoyed. Why?
  • Employment/Work experience
    • Whether it is full or part-time, paid or voluntary it all significant. What did you enjoy most, and why? Why did you do it? Who else did you work with? What did you learn from the experience? What aspects would you not want to repeat? Why?
  • Community/Leisure activities
    • What have you done, and why? What have you enjoyed most? What skills have you developed?

Find out about the types of careers available to you

You may not know about the best occupations to fit your interests and skills, if you don’t research different careers.

  • Explore the occupations and degree pathways in which you are interested
  • Research the industries in which you would like to work
  • Research the labour market
  • Conduct informational interviews with individuals who know about the career you are interested in

Match - you will need to:

  • Evaluate these different occupations and degree pathways
  • Explore alternatives
  • Assess
    • Once you have determined what career path you want to follow, assess what you need to do to prepare for that career. What kinds of experience will you need to be successful in the career? Do you need a particular course of education or training?
  • Develop a plan of action with both short-term and long-term goals.
    • Establish realistic timelines, maintain contact with appropriate people, and persevere through the ups and downs to achieve your career goals.