Transcript – how to make a career decision

How to make a career decision

Tearing your hair out trying to choose between careers? Well, we’ve got some tips that can make your decision easier. First, take a deep breath. Choosing a career doesn’t have to be complex, and you don’t have to stick with that same career choice forever. So, relax.

Get some post-it notes and list the pros (the good points) and the cons (the bad points) of each career that you’re interested in. Put them side by side on the wall so you can check them out. Or make a pros and cons worksheet on our website at

Sometimes it’s really good to get advice on careers from people who know you best, who know your skills and talents like your whānau, your aiga, your family and your friends. You can also talk to career advisers – you can find them at schools or universities. Also, you can find them privately.

Now that you have an idea of what you’d like to do, go ask an employer for some work experience. That way you can try out what it’s really like to do the job, and see whether it’s really the right job for you.

You can also try to get an informational interview. That’s when you ask someone who has a job that you like about what they do. Ask questions like "What’s your job like? What’s hard about your job? What do you like about your job? How did you get into your job?".

Tried everything and you’re still not sure about which career is the right one for you? We’re here to help. You can chat online with us through our website or you can give our Advice Line career advisers a call on 0800 222 733, from Monday to Friday, 8am to 5pm, if you’re living in New Zealand. Good luck.

Brought to you by Careers New Zealand, Mana Rapuara Aotearoa.

Updated 1 Nov 2016