How to find out what are your job search/career objectives

You've made your choices, after some deep thought.

Now you need to find out how to do all the things that need doing. Information has turned into results.

Important note: You do need to be patient with this part of the process.

There's a lot to research.


Your goal is: Management

Your career path is: Intern/ Salary job and required levels of experience and skills/ management

Required qualifications: MBA, specialist qualifications, management training and degrees

The first step: Internship

  • What's involved,
  • What qualifications are required for the internship,
  • Where, when, and with whom,
  • Getting the internship position in a competitive market.

This is actually very good practice for the rest of your career, which could involve climbing a very long ladder.

Stay on track

But it all has to be done properly, to get anywhere.

It's a fact of life that the first step is often the most difficult and mistake-riddled.

Like your internet searching, it's best to be well organized from Day One.

It's like navigation. Getting lost in your own information doesn't help.

So for the internship/entry level phase you really do start from the start.

Internship basics:

What does the internship involve? Internships and entry level jobs may involve work which doesn't really add a lot to your CV. You get experience, yes, but is it salable to an employer? Check this out thoroughly.

What does the internship achieve, in career terms? Does this internship add up to giving you qualifications for your next move? Some internships aren't necessarily what you want, or don't have much status in the industries.

Qualifications? This means all of them. It's worth checking with people in the industry what are considered good qualifications, pass levels, and what aren't.

Accreditations? Vital information, throughout your entire career. The internship can be like an apprenticeship, absolutely necessary, or like a weekend workshop, an optional extra.

Time frames? All your work and education has to fit into a coherent time frame. How old would you like to be before hitting your career path? You need to know what's a waste of time and what's a good step forward.

Entry level is crucial, and it's often tricky. People can get sidetracked pretty easily, and many entry level jobs are considered cheap labor, rather than the start of a career.

It's always a good idea to check out with a third party in the business or industry if a job is really a good career move.

Always look ahead.

You're trying to make moves that lead to the next moves. If they don't, you have to backtrack to get back to Square One.

Piece by piece, step by step

Now we need to have a look at the components of your qualifications. The academic jungle is no picnic. It's highly competitive, often expensive, and you have a life to live.

Researching basic qualifications can be relatively easy.

The steps are based on your required level of qualification.

In the career goal above, an MBA is required. The MBA is a standard qualification. It's not a secret, and there are a lot of places you can earn your degree.

In theory, all you need is the basic degree.

This is where it gets tricky:

  • What can you add to the degree that's best suited to your goals?
  • What can be left out, to include more useful things?
  • Are there options to do extra electives which you might need, even if strictly speaking you don't have to do them?
  • Would any sort of double degree help?

Well, gosh, a bit more research is needed.

You can see why this needs to be an efficient process. Each one of those questions can affect the rest of your life and career, and each one can take quite a bit of research. You may find yourself researching things like this for decades, so it's best to get a good working method for yourself.

Basic rule of any form of career research: Get hard facts.

You need to be a bit ruthless about your information and what you do with it.

The questions are:

  • Do I need this, yes/no?
  • Can I do this, yes/no?
  • Are the timeframes workable, yes/no?
  • Money available, yes/no?

Information must be accurate, clear, and verifiable. This is your career you're playing with, and it's fragile and breakable at qualification stage. Again, information quality is vital, and with all the advertising in the academic field, you really have to be sure of what you're doing.

Researching your academic course

This is another are where you really must be sure you're getting things done properly. There's bureaucracy, there are potential delays, and they're all avoidable, with the right information.

On academic and qualification sites, always try to get in direct contact.

The whole process is complex, mapping out courses, etc, isn't easy, and you do need direct input from the source.

That means dialog, so:

  • Explain your objective clearly, exactly what you're trying to achieve.
  • Ask what's available, fees, time frames, the whole methodology needs to be known and understood. (You're also confirming the online information and your interpretation of what's available, etc.)

This is a safety measure. You can find yourself playing squash with your application for months as the various mistakes, misconceptions, and tangents get sorted out, and you usually don't have months to work with.

Never take it for granted that you've got all the information you need.

Don't be at all surprised if in the first sentence of answering your inquiry the other end comes back with things that aren't mentioned on the site, or even subjects you've never heard of.

At administration level is where things get complicated.

In some cases you're better off talking to a clerk who knows what's needed on your application than a career counselor.

The entire process of researching your qualifications and getting them has to be handled with care.

Fortunately in our example, you're dealing with a well known degree course.

In other degrees it can get difficult, if not just plain vague, and you need expert advice.


It's often taken for granted that careers are for people with degrees, etc

That's just not true.

Getting basic qualifications is easy, and often government or charity sponsored. People get degrees aged in their 90s these days.

Don't get scared off by the degree myth. Make sure you can handle costs, and you're OK.


They're easy enough to get. Not having that level of education is a real handicap, as if you needed to be told. Community colleges, outreach training, there's a million ways to do that. Don't allow yourself to get buried by an easily fixable situation.