photo by Ashley Batz, Creative commons zero license.

photo by Ashley Batz,

One of the most common questions we get at our career advice drop-in sessions is “I don’t know what I want to do”. This is especially true for students in degrees that are less clearly linked to specific jobs, such as Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Health Sciences, or Bachelor of Sciences.

One of the best ways to bring your potential career pathways into more focus is the Tracks Exercise, from New York University’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service. The exercise is extremely simple: collect real-world job descriptions that appeal to you, analyse them to look for the common themes, and then use them to map out potential career tracks.

How to do the Tracks Exercise

For a description of how to complete the Tracks Exercise, download this handy one-page guide by clicking on the image below:

Click here to download the Tracks Exercise guide

Click on the image to download the Tracks Exercise guide

Or watch this video guide to the Tracks Exercise:

Click on the image to view the Tracks Exercise video

Click on the image to view the Tracks Exercise video

Talk it over with a Careers and Employability Advisor

After you’ve completed the Tracks Exercise, it may be useful to talk it over with one of La Trobe’s Careers and Employability Advisors. They’ll help you make sense of what you’ve found and begin to make plans to start taking steps to realising your goals.

See our website for information about our drop-in service times and locations.