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Match your skills to jobs

Most people don't stay in the same job until they retire. You are likely to have several different jobs over your working life. Working out which jobs suit your skills and interests is a good way to find a career that is right for you.

When choosing a job or career, besides thinking about what skills you have, you should also consider:

  • your areas of interest—what do you do in your spare time?
  • your goals for the future—where do you want to be in 10 years?
  • what's important to you—more time with family or a higher salary?
  • if you are prepared to move or travel for work
  • tasks you're good at
  • what qualifications you might need.

Advice and help

There are many online tools that allow you to check which jobs are a good match for various skills and qualifications.

myfuture

The myfuture website provides facts about specific jobs, including information on:

  • their related courses and qualifications
  • your personal requirements
  • other similar occupations
  • their duties and tasks.

Job Outlook

The Job Outlook website is an Australian Government initiative providing employment characteristics, trends and prospects for specific jobs.

Select a job to find out if your skills, abilities and knowledge match the job’s suggested requirements. Other job-specific information provided includes:

  • possible job prospects
  • current vacancies
  • how much you might be paid
  • job statistics.

The Job Outlook career quiz helps you to find jobs that might match your current skills.

Other online tools for matching jobs and skills

The following websites can also help:

  • Queensland Skills Gateway—enter a job title to find out about the skills and tasks involved in the job, and the training pathways available to get the right qualifications.
  • Job Guide—read about skill and qualification requirements for different jobs.
  • TAFE Queensland—browse careers to find related qualifications (you can also phone 1300 308 233).

Recognition of prior learning

Your skills and knowledge gained while studying or working could be transferable and formally recognised. This can reduce the amount of time it takes to get your qualification, and is referred to as recognition of prior learning (RPL)

RPL can also be used for the assessment of overseas qualifications.

Find a course

Find a course to increase your skills, knowledge, and chances of employment.

Related links

Career counselling

Check where you can find a career adviser to help plan your career and match your skills to jobs that suit you.

Mini career explorer

Use the myfuture mini career explorer to work out which jobs you might enjoy based on the education level you have achieved and what areas of learning interest you.

Queensland Skills Gateway

Use the I want to be… feature on the Queensland Skills Gateway to learn about the skills and tasks involved in different jobs, and the training pathways available to gain the relevant qualifications.

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Last updated
13 May 2016
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