Getting realistic entry-level jobs and wages is important information to know. “Ask about the kind of jobs and salaries someone entering the field would most likely expect to find,” says Newcastle-based Ken.
"Finding out the good, the bad and the ugly of a job could help you decide if it’s for you," says Ken. Just remember to be positive and open minded in your approach. These five apprentices demonstrate how different approaches work for them. “No question is a silly question—be open to having conversations,” says Sean.
Match your expectations with careers in your favoured industry and then compare them with some others. “It’s also worth asking about the industry’s projected employment growth in the next 5-10 years,” says Helen, who is based in Newcastle. Make sure you have the full picture about where the jobs are likely to be—at national and state levels and wherever you intend to be living.
Why wait until school’s out to start building your professional, technical and employability skills? Get the competitive edge now. “If you’re really interested in a career in an industry, find out what kind of part-time jobs, internships and other extracurricular activities would best prepare you,” says Jacquie from Orange.
Companies can vary wildly in their makeup, locations, culture, mission and values. What is important to the organisation and what is their vision for the future? “Find out if you feel you’d be a good fit or if you need to keep looking,” suggests Jacquie.