3.1 Types of question to ask
If you don’t know what you want to know, you will have no way of starting your research into different job opportunities. You just won’t know where to begin.
So the next activity is designed to help you to identify a few questions that you want answers to.
At this stage, these sorts of question might be useful:
- What is the availability of a particular kind of work?
- What is the nature of a particular kind of work?
- Is the work associated with a specific type of organisation?
- What are the practicalities, such as pay, working patterns or location?
Which of these questions are most important to you right now?
Your answer might depend on how clear you are about the type of work you want, your motivations for pursuing the work and the time frames you have in mind. For example, if you are already in work but short of money, you might want to look for additional work that fits around your existing job. In this scenario you would be more concerned with the availability of work and with the practicalities, such as weekend or evening working options. If, however, you are already on a career path but considering a different employment sector, you might have questions about organisation types and availability in your geographical area.
To help you decide what questions to ask, you’re going to look again at Christopher’s situation from Activity 2.
Activity 5 Identifying Christopher’s questions
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