I think I’ve found a career I might be interested in. How do I find out more?

Once you’ve found something you think might suit you, gather as much information on it as you can. Read up about the industry and the organisations involved, get hold of any information you can from those organisations about careers, and talk to anybody you can find with any knowledge of the area.

Your local library and/or career service should be able to point you in the direction of resources relevant to your career. But the best people to ask are those who work in your chosen industry. Look out for events, trade shows, or conferences in your local area where you can meet them. Do you have friends or friends of friends who could share their on-the-job experience with you and advise you on how to get a foot on the career ladder, given your previous work experienceAre you signed up to a professional social media website? These are also excellent places to do some networking with more people than you could ever possibly do through your immediate social circle in the real world.

If you're confident enough that this could be the career for you, you can either get straight on with looking for jobs or try to find some work experience or volunteering that will give you a taste of the career and help you decide whether to fully commit.

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