When it comes to choosing your career it can be tempting to take an easy path – copying what your friends or family do, or taking the first job that comes along.
But if you want to find out what your dream career is and what it takes to land it, attending a careers expo is a very wise move.
By placing yourself in a room full of professionals from a huge range of industries you instantly widen the opportunities you could take.
You get to see what’s on offer at a careers expo
The best thing about a careers expo is that you get to sample a bit of everything on the jobs market and gain exposure to every facet of the career you think you might like.
Think of a careers expo like a buffet – you can pile your plate high with all kinds of things and tuck in at your leisure.
Many expos will have stands attended by industry professionals who can discuss every aspect of their sector with you and let you know all the requirements.
An added bonus is that with so much choice on offer you might just discover a career you had never considered before – or even knew existed – and find that it’s just the right fit.
You’ll never know if you don’t go though!
Careers expos are brilliant for networking
The saying goes that “it’s not what you know but who you know.”
In a competitive jobs market, it’s hard to stand out from the competition, especially if you are just starting out.
But if you attend a careers expo you will get the chance to meet people from the industry you want to enter face-to-face. This will allow you to begin building a real relationship with them and get insider tips for joining the workforce.
Best of all, networking with real industry people will give you a much clearer idea of what it’s like to work in that career, the pathways you can take and what’s expected of you once you join.
So while the thought of meeting industry people might be daunting, take the opportunity to attend a careers expo and make yourself known. After all, good industries are always looking for talent, and when it walks up and says “hello” it’s hard to ignore.
You can sharpen your skills
Many careers expos offer services that help prospective employees choose their careers and equip themselves with the right tools to hunt them down.
For example, a careers expo might offer clinics that simulate job interviews or even go through your CV line by line to test its strengths and weaknesses. There can be seminars from leading speakers and industry figures that will inspire you to take action or embrace a new way of doing things.
Above all, attending a careers expo is more than just a chance to see what’s on offer – it’s an opportunity to learn more about yourself and what it takes to land the dream job you’ve always wanted.
We have upcoming careers expos in Adelaide, Brisbane, Sunshine Coast and Townsville that can show you a whole world of opportunity, helping you make the most informed decision possible about the future that’s right for you. Find out more and book your place here [insert link].