City : Careers Advice Centre : How to Find out More About the job you Want
Finding out more...
Now that you've had a look at all of the job sectors that are about, you can start thinking deeper about which roles you might be interested in.
To find out what each role invovles you have two options - get in contact with someone in that role (this may even be a friend or relative), or have a good old search on the internet. We've outlined how to get researching below...
Asking Someone Who Works There
The best way of finding out what the job is like is by talking to someone who is there already.
You can get them to tell you about what it is really like to work there and how they got the job. They can give you the inside track. Here are some questions that you might like to ask once you've found someone to speak to:
- Do you like working there? Why / Why not?
- What do you do on a normal day?
- What is the hardest / easiest part of the job?
- What did you have to do to get the job?
- What is the application process?
- What skills are the employers looking for?
There are lots of places to look on the internet: a good place to start is the Prospects website, or the Youth Employment site. You can also try internet forums like The Student Room where you can ask questions about the job you are interested in and see what other people have asked.
If you know the company you want to work for they may have a company blog, website, or social media that you could look at.
Also try typing into Google 'How to get a job at ...' and see what advice comes up!
Here are the things you should be looking for when you are researching a job:
- What's it like working there?
- Are they a caring and fun company?
- What does the job role at that company require?
- What skills and experience do they ask for?
- What are their interviews like?