Joining the workforce for the first time is no simple task. Depending on your career aspirations, you may be looking for volunteer or work experience or need to complete further study. And while your education provided a framework for your development, the path to your dream career may not be as straightforward as it seems.
So what are some other skills you may need for your first job? Apart from writing a resume and applying for positions these other skills will be a big benefit for you:
Managing your finances
Do you have something you’d like to save towards? An item you want, or a goal like moving out? When you get your first paycheck do you know what you’re going to do with your money?
Budgeting and saving takes time and practice, but it’s important to do. Dale worked at our Bibra Lake Packaging site and sold The Big Issue magazine in his spare time. Eventually he saved enough for a big trip to the UK to see his brother.
Having the means to travel by yourself is key to getting to work when you need to. You can ride a bike, or learn to use public transport and plan your journey. Otherwise driving is a great skill and a prerequisite for some jobs.
When Layne completed her work placement with us, she also practiced planning her way home using public transport.
Are you the type of person who is on time? Do you keep a journal or calendar so you know where you should be?
Managing your time includes knowing when you’re working and organising your daily tasks around that. It also means you need to prepare what you can ahead of time and prioritise tasks. This is something our DAAP team do frequently when they help organise the Chaplain’s fortnightly BBQ on the HMAS Stirling.
How do I get ready?
If you’re not feeling 100% prepared for work then don’t fear! There are plenty of ways you can build these skills and experience, like through volunteering or work experience. Another great option is our specialised School Holiday Employment Program (SHEP), which includes activities to develop these specific skills.