Preparing for Work

Here you can find out a little bit more about yourself and start researching which job may be the best for you.

You may also be wondering where the jobs are or what employers might expect of you?

Explore the links on the right-hand side to help you as you go through these sections and check out the A-Z Resources for further support.


What are your interests?

Knowing what you are interested in can help you choose the best job for you.

Think about your interests and values, and how you can apply these within various industries, jobs and organisations.

You may like to take a career quiz to help you identify what your interests are.

This will give you a good understanding of what’s important to you, which will play a large part in maintaining your interest and motivation at work.

Research the job!

What is the job like and where are the jobs?

Job research

You may like to make a shortlist of jobs that you are interested in and would like to know more about.

Read the job descriptions, duties and responsibilities, prospects, salary and wages, skills and other information to get the best understanding of what is required.

As the economy evolves, different jobs and skills become areas of demand or over-supply.

Find out which jobs are in demand and which industries are likely to have future employment prospects.

Keep up to date with what’s happening at a macro level and look to future trends in the job market.

Some examples of careers in specific industries are:

  • Age and disability care
  • Agriculture and food production
  • Automotive service and maintenance
  • Community service
  • Construction
  • Health
  • Transport and logistics

There are so many out there to choose from!


What will my employer expect?

Employers hire people they believe will meet or exceed their expectations in order for the organisation to succeed.

These expectations are largely based on an employee’s skills and experience, and are measured through work targets and key performance indicators.

It is critical to assess your values, morals, work ethic and personal standards as well, as these are factors that greatly influence employer expectations.

It is also important that employer expectations are reasonable and fair.

Find out about workplace conditions and employer expectations including wages, superannuation, sick leave and holidays.

For more links, check out the A-Z Resources.