Under 18s : Using Your Talents To Find A Job

For those between 12-18, there are more choices and decisions condensed into one time in your life than just about any other.

Your talents are your above average personal abilities, skills and aptitudes. Everybody has different talents in different areas. Used properly, they're a winning hand. Some of the richest people on Earth chose their talent over a 'career' in other fields.


1. Choices.

The real advantage for younger people is the ability to make the right choices early. Career choices are extremely important. This equates to 'Look where you're going'.

This is one time when what you want to do, and what you're good at doing, should be the same thing. Make sure your talents and you are on the same page.

Talent does matter. Doing what you're good at will get you further, faster.

In any career, your skills must match your goals. You need to be able to deliver the work to achieve the goals. Using your own talents is the best option.

2. The realities of careers.

The realities of some careers, particularly in degree related professions, are very demanding. For those with the right talents, those demands are met, and progression in the career is natural.

The best way to truly understand what's involved in choosing a career is to check out the real workplace in that career. Preferably, check out several real workplaces. The workplace is the defining reality of careers. Your talents will tell you whether you want to do that work.

This is very important, because 'career vs. talent' is a war you can lose on all sides. If you don't have the right talents in a career, your performance is less, the career suffers, and as an added insult, you aren't using your real talents.

If at all possible, try to get some first hand, related, experience working in the field, on a junior level, so you can understand the career environment in your preferred talent. In any industry, or any profession, that's the most important information and experience you can get.

3. Teenage jobs and work experience.

Teenage jobs are notoriously low paid, and don't necessarily lead to much more than basic skills, in any field. Despite that, those basic skills are important. Most of the fundamentals are taught, even McJobs teach customer service and cashier work. Other jobs, like those in the service industries, are also basic to any form of employment and career development in those industries.

It's also where you find out where your talents work and where they don't. Some people are naturally good at that sort of work, others aren't. Reality will get involved at this point, and you?ll soon find out what your preferences are. Much better to do that sooner rather than later.

If you're a bit choosy, you can sometimes find a job which will also give some leads to better paying jobs with more scope for use of talent, like accountancy, finance, etc. Banks are good for work like that, as are some government jobs. Other talents, like creative media, arts, music, and internet work, often have career tracks which cater for younger people, so check those out, if that's where your talents are.

4. Jobs pay you with skills as much as with money.

Those skills pay off over time and are invaluable to developing your talents. A lot of the frustration in finding a suitable job or career really equates to what you get, relative to what you do. A week on your feet at a cash register may not sound like a career, but just above that level is balancing daily revenue, handling bank reconciliations, and getting 'core competencies' which are absolutely vital to employers in all industries.

Everyone has to start somewhere, and that's exactly what you're doing. Your current job is preparing you for your next job, and your career. The same principle applies in other fields of work, where things like fundamental graphics skills, or using software, are crucial for those in media, or IT. The basic approach is to find work which will assist you in developing your talents. So don't get put off. Some of these jobs also provide additional skills which can pay for developing your talents, so it's not really wasted time or effort.

Whatever your talents are, they're where you can perform at your best. Talent will take you where nothing else could.