STEP 2: What type of work would suit you?

Using what you’ve learnt about yourself in STEP 1, you can get a general idea of the kind of work you might want to build your career around. Now you can start to match up these ideas about the work that might suit you with different types of occupations. At this stage, it is best to think of as many options as possible and investigate areas of interest thoroughly. You will probably find that there is more than one style of work or occupation that is right for you.

Using the Type of Work Chart

Read the following descriptions of the seven ‘type of work’ categories carefully before going on to the next stage. While reading through these categories, ask yourself:

  • Would I like or dislike this type of work?
  • How much would I like or dislike it?

Indicate your likes and dislikes on the Type of Work Chart by ticking the appropriate boxes. You can then go to the Jobs Chart, which is a list of occupations sorted by 'type of work' categories.

Analytic or scientific

These occupations involve working with ideas to investigate or seek solutions to scientific, technical, social or other issues. Activities include observing, researching, analysing and interpreting results.

The ability to develop theories, apply logic and explore abstract ideas in a specialist area of knowledge is important.

Creative or artistic

These occupations involve working with ideas to creatively express, present or perform them. An appreciation of design, style, form, beauty or related concepts used to develop or interpret an idea is important. Activities include writing, painting, singing, dancing, decorating, designing and performing.

Helping or advising

These occupations involve working with people to help, inform, teach or treat them. Activities include discussing personal issues, listening to people’s problems and providing advice, instruction, information or treatment to meet their needs.

Practical or mechanical

These occupations involve working with things, using your hands or special tools and equipment to make, fix, install or adjust them. Activities include practical and physical tasks, which may require an understanding of how equipment or machinery works.

Nature or recreation

These occupations involve working with things in the natural world, such as conservation, handling animals, raising crops or livestock, or sport. Activities include growing and caring for living things, or an involvement with sport, leisure or the environment.

Organising or clerical

These occupations involve working with data to order, process or retrieve facts and figures, or to develop or administer policies and procedures. Activities include organising, using or updating information (such as files or accounts); developing or following procedures or systems; and the planning, budgeting and staffing of an organisation.

Persuading or service

These occupations involve selling to, influencing, motivating and negotiating with people or serving them. Activities include selling, promoting or providing goods or services, bargaining or presenting a point of view.

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Type of Work Chart

Indicate your likes and dislikes by ticking the appropriate boxes below.

 

Like a lot

Like

Unsure

Not keen

Dislike

Analytic or scientific

         

Creative or artistic

         

Helping or advising

         

Practical or mechanical

         

Nature or recreation

         

Organising or clerical

         

Persuading or service

         

Click here for a printer-friendly PDF of the Type of Work chart.

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Using the Jobs Chart

You can now go to the Jobs Chart, which is a list of occupations by ‘type of work’ categories. Look up the categories for which you ticked ‘like a lot’ or ‘like’ on the 'Type of Work Chart'. You should finish up with a list of occupations to explore more thoroughly.

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