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Career Planner

Author: Pencil Case  Date: 15 February 2022

Updated for 2022.

Education

Q1: What is the highest level of education you are planning to achieve after high school?

  • Learn on the job or have training provided by my employer.
  • Complete an apprenticeship.
  • Go to TAFE and complete up to a Certificate III.
  • Go to TAFE and complete a Certificate IV or a Diploma/Advanced Diploma.
  • Go to university to do a standard 3 year Bachelor Degree.
  • Go to university for more than 3 years to complete a longer course or postgraduate studies.


Q2: How often do you want to update your knowledge?

  • Rarely, and once I know the job I know it e.g. skills that do not change or update.
  • Occasional updating of knowledge e.g. learning about new products, learning about new parts, short training courses once a year.
  • Regularly searching for new information to help you do your job.
  • Constantly, with new knowledge required all the time e.g. regular reading, attending conferences, regular training courses.


Q3: How much maths do you want your future job to require?

  • No or very limited maths e.g. lawn mower operator, delivery driver, garbage collector.
  • Some straightforward maths e.g. roof carpenter, truck driver, horticulturist, landscaper, police officer.
  • Moderate maths e.g. measurement calculations, payroll, timetables, payments, schedules, orders.
  • Advanced maths including algebra and statistics e.g. nurse, electrician, physiotherapist, psychologist, surveyor, accountant, lawyer.
  • Highly advanced maths including calculus e.g. engineer, scientist.


Q4: What is the maximum reading complexity you want your future job to require?

  • No or very limited reading e.g. reading safety signs or simple notes.
  • Some straightforward reading e.g. simple emails, text messages, instructions on packaging.
  • Moderate complexity e.g. receiving detailed emails, instruction manuals, reading web pages or computer screens.
  • Complex e.g. reports, policies and procedures, legislation, text books.
  • Highly Complex e.g. statistical analysis, court rulings, satellite data.


Q5: How much writing complexity you want your future job to require?

  • No or very limited writing e.g. tick boxes or single words.
  • Some straight forward writing e.g. simple emails, text messages, basic forms.
  • Daily, moderate complexity writing e.g. sending detailed emails, adding to newsletters, notes for others.
  • Regular complex writing e.g. creating reports, detailed accurate notes, policies and procedures, writing instructions for others, creating web articles.
  • Regular, highly complex writing e.g. laws, court reports, research papers.


Technology

Q1: How much of your day do you want to do formal computing e.g. typing, coding or designing?

  • Almost none of my day e.g. manual work, trades, working with people.
  • Most of my day e.g. working on a computer, typing, emails.
  • Some of my day e.g. looking up information, processing sales.


Q2: Do you want to work with complex technical equipment such as heart monitors or testing equipment?

  • No
  • Yes


Work Location

Q1: Where do you want to spend most of the time working?

  • Mostly inside e.g. in an office, laboratory or classroom.
  • Mostly outside e.g. building site, a park or driving.
  • A mix of inside and outside e.g. in an office but you go out.


How Mental

Q1: What level of creativity, design or style would you like your work to involve?

  • Little, I don't want to design things or come up with new solutions e.g. retail, hospitality, driving.
  • High creativity where I need to develop new ideas e.g. marketing, musician, computer developer, artist, teacher, architect, engineer.
  • Some creativity with a mix of routine and new ideas e.g. chef, draftsperson, landscaper.


Q2: How much do you want your job to require you to come up with new ideas?

  • Little, I don't want to come up with new ideas e.g. retail, hospitality, driving.
  • High, where I need to develop new ideas e.g. marketing, computer developer, artist, teacher, architect, engineer.
  • A mix of routine and new ideas e.g. chef, draftsperson, landscaper.


Q3: What level of problem solving would you like your work to involve?

  • None, I just want to do my work and each day is a repeat of work I can do.
  • Complex problems will be a regular challenge e.g. facing new problems that you have never dealt with before.
  • A mix of problem solving and routine work e.g. most of my week I have done before but I get some new challenges to solve.


Q4: How much variety would you like your work to involve?

  • Mostly repeating tasks e.g. bricklayer, cleaner, data entry.
  • Constant variety and every day is different e.g. entertainer, artist, nurse, doctor, teacher.
  • A mix of routine tasks and variety e.g. police, surveyor, draftsperson.


How Physical

Q1: Do you want work that uses your hands to operate, make, move, fix or change things?

  • Yes, I want to mostly work with my hands e.g. touching, holding, moving, manipulating.
  • No, I rarely want to work with my hands e.g. computer work, reading, talking.
  • Sometimes, I want a mix of working with my hands and other work e.g. applying bandages, surgery, measuring.


Q2: Are you happy to do work that is physically tiring?

  • Yes e.g. moving bricks, digging, loading wood or lifting tyres.
  • No e.g. office work, retail, computer based work.
  • Sometimes, but I don't want this to be a major part of my job e.g. nurse, police officer, firefighter.


Q3: How much do you want to be on your feet and moving around?

  • Move around or stand a lot e.g. a building site or moving from room to room or person to person, standing.
  • Mostly sit e.g. in a fixed chair, office chair, vehicle seat.
  • A mix of sitting and being on my feet e.g. serve a customer then sit down.


Working with Others

Q1: How many people do you want to work with?

  • On my own most of the time e.g. truck driver, security guard.
  • With a small team perhaps under 10 people e.g. welder, pathologist, dry cleaner.
  • With a large team perhaps over 10 people e.g. soldier, teacher, police, nurse.


Q2: How much do you want to work with customers or the public?

  • Almost never e.g. I rarely interact with customers or the public.
  • Most of the time e.g. the work I do is in front of or near the customer.
  • Some of the time e.g. I talk to a customer then complete work away from them.


Q3: Do you want work that involves the care of other people?

  • Almost never, I want to work with materials, equipment or information.
  • Almost always, I want to work in a care profession such as health or community service.
  • Sometimes, I am happy to provide care but this won't be my main responsibility e.g. police, firefighter.


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