This process involves:
- Choose an occupation that is related to your discipline of study.
- Be sure that what you have chosen is an occupation and not a discipline.
For example, Advertising is a discipline, Copywriter and Account Executive are occupations within that discipline
- Gather as much information as possible about your options.
- What are the primary work tasks?
- What are typical work hours?
- What education is required?
- What skills are required to do the job well?
- Learn about potential employers who hire people in your chosen occupation.
- Identify three specific employers who would hire someone in your occupation and research them.
How do I get this information?
- The Internet
- Use Search Engines such as Google, Ask and Yahoo search to find out about your options.
- Employer websites- These provides lots of information about companies and their job vacancies.
- O*NET-Gives you a wide range of information about careers. This is an American based website but its information is relevant in some areas of the Jamaican job market.
- Websites such as Splashjamaica, Caribbeanjobs and go-jamaica/jobsmart provide job listings.
- The Newspaper
- Has many career related articles that can be helpful in career planning.
- Publishes Job vacancies.
- The Career and Placement Unit
- Ministry of Labour
- Provide information on public sector job opportunities.
- Deals with recruitment for overseas job placements.
- Has information on Jamaican labour laws.
- Professional Organization
- Find one that is in your career field.
- Jamaica Employers Federation (JEF)----Jamaica Youth Employment Network
- Human Resource Management Association of Jamaica (HRMAJ)
These companies provide networking opportunities that could aid in making the right career decisions.