Succeed in the workplace
Succeed in the workplace

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Succeed in the workplace

Week 3: Exploring available opportunities


In Weeks 1 and 2 of Succeed in the workplace you concentrated on the first step in the careers planning process – knowing yourself. This gives you a solid foundation to work from for the next steps you’ll take, specifically exploring opportunities. You’ll do this in conjunction with the aspirations that you identified in Week 1.

Whatever your personal starting point, the extent to which you can fulfil your aspirations depends, in part, on being able to identify and access the opportunities open to you.

This week you will focus on exploring new opportunities or looking again at ones that are already there, but which you may not be using as fully as possible. Whether you are interested in paid or voluntary work, or both, you need to be able to map out the options available and evaluate which might suit you best.

Now watch Wendy introduce Week 3:

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Wendy Woolery:
Welcome to Week 3. Last week we looked at how your knowledge and skills that you’d gained from your life experiences can help you get into the career that you want to do next. You may have found that your career plans have changed or are more of a challenge. Everyone’s personal challenges are different. Whatever your starting point, the extent to which you can fulfil your aspirations depends on your ability to identify and access the opportunities that are open to you. This week, therefore, we’re focusing on exploring opportunities. Whether you’re looking for paid or voluntary work, you will need to know what the options are, any possible constraints and which options might suit you.
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By the end of this week, you will be able to:

  • evaluate the opportunities available to you in developing your career
  • identify sources of information on finding work
  • consider alternative options to full-time employment
  • think of ways to keep motivated.

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