Not sure about your career path?
How you choose a career direction depends on your personality and how well you know yourself.
- The Keirsey Temperament Sorter® claims to be the most widely used personality test in the world. It gives a free summary for those taking the test, with a charge for the full report.
- Creative Skillset: What’s your personality type? is a resource aimed specifically at the creative industries and suggests jobs based on eight personality types.
- Prospects: Career Planner rates your skills and motivators to get a list of career matches.
- Target Jobs: Career planning advice for students and graduates rates your interests, strengths, personality and abilities. You’ll get a report on possible career choices.
- jobs.ac.uk: How to make a career choice (video)
- CareerPlayer: Psychometrics offer free tests to help narrow down your career choice.
- Mindtools has a collection of techniques to help make decisions.
Career information headquarters
Need to learn more about the thousands of careers that are out there? If you want to work in the creative sector there are two essential sites for careers research:
- Creative Skillset offers specialist advice and job descriptions for most areas of the creative industries.
- Creative Choices includes job profiles for the creative industries including visual arts, literature, crafts, music and theatre.
National Careers Service has lists of careers for:
- Arts, craft and design
- Marketing, selling and advertising
- Performing arts, broadcast and media
- Publishing and journalism
There are lots of resources for information on careers outside of the creative industries as well:
- CareerPlayer is ideal if you prefer your information in video format. It has detailed insights, tips and employer interviews.
- Plotr lists job descriptions alphabetically, and includes unique guidance for new careers (such as being a YouTuber).
- Prospects provides accurate, up-to-date information, written by careers professionals and aimed at graduates.
- The Job Crowd contains feedback from graduates talking about their jobs.
- The Job Crowd: Graduate application & interview tips is written by graduates who have had successful interviews.
Career skills development
Begin to take charge of your career now and you’ll get an edge in competitive job markets tomorrow.
Do a skills check
- National Careers Service: Skills health check report
- Mind Tools: Personal SWOT analysis looks at career strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats.
- Lynda: Learning from failure (video)
- Mind Tools: Career skills offers a whole library of tools and ideas.
Write an action plan
Develop a growth mindset
Being successful has been found to be strongly influenced by attitude and a belief that you are capable of growth and development. By developing a growth mindset you can take control of your future and increase the chances of reaching your career dreams.
- Lynda: Mindset (video)
- Lynda: Embracing change (video)
- TED: The power of belief - mindset and success (video)
Explore the working lives of creatives through case studies
- Creative Journey
- Creative Choices: Creative people case studies
- CareerPlayer: Acting (Andrew Moss, Hollyoaks) (video)
- CareerPlayer: Advertising (Ben Stainlay and Brian Jefferson, Creative Team) (video)
- CareerPlayer: Advertising (Alex Williams, Brand Management) (video)
- CareerPlayer: Animation (David Sproxton, Aardman Animation) (video)
- CareerPlayer: Publishing and journalism (Anna Davenport) (video)
- CareerPlayer: Television production (David Roden) (video)
Volunteering has many benefits: you can learn skills, gain experience or simply try something different. There’s a wealth of options helping charities or good causes all over the UK, or, if you have the freedom, all over the world! It can give you experience of a setting or situation, the opportunity to meet like-minded people, boost your CV, increase confidence and support a cause or community you believe in.
- Do-it is a UK-wide search engine for volunteer placements, boasting over a million opportunities.
- Prospects: Volunteering has links and opportunities, both at home and abroad.
- Timebank recruit and train volunteers to deliver mentoring projects to tackle complex social problems.
- World Wide Volunteering has an extensive database of voluntary projects across the globe.
Freelancing continues to grow in popularity in the UK, with record numbers of people self-employed.