‘What are doing when you leave school?’ You’re probably sick of hearing that question. But if you’re having problems answering, don’t worry. Lots of people don’t know what they want to do.

Some people find their passion early. But for most people figuring out what they want to do is a real challenge. It doesn’t help that there are so many choices out there either.

If you’re not sure what you want to do, try and think of general direction that interests you. That makes it easier to plan for. You could also think about your personality and preferences – are you super social, or do you prefer your own company? This helps you figure out if you want to be sitting at a busy reception desk, or in a quiet office by yourself.

People often don’t stay in the same mahi/job or career for life. Interests change over time. The important thing is to start somewhere.

Here are some tips to help you find a job that fits:

  • Ask lots of people lots of questions. Talk to your parents, their friends, or anyone who has a job that interests you.
  • If you’ve decided what you want to do, kā pai - great! Then you can decide which subjects to take to get you there.
  • After you leave school you might want to take a gap year or try getting some work experience.
  • Look at all your options for extra training, like an apprenticeship, trade training or a tertiary course. Profile Builder is a tool that helps students to explore their study options.
  • Try and understand what you potential bosses are after.
  • Think about the skills you already have, even if you have no work experience. You may be great dealing with people, good with your hands, or great with numbers. Skill Matcher helps you come up job ideas based on what you’re good at what you enjoy learning.
  • Prepare a professional looking CV. There are lots of examples online you can use.