Explore careers

If you’re not sure what sort or work you want to do, are considering a career change, or need some help to prepare for work, we have a range of research findings and resources with useful information to help you.

Figure out what industry you want to work in

If you don’t already know what industry you’d like to work in, it’s important to use your interests, skills and personality to find the job that’s right for you. Use our Vocational Planning Tools to see which types of career options are a fit with your knowledge. But don’t forget to make sure it’s an area that will land you a job where you want it.

And that’s where the next step is important.

Figure out what jobs are in demand

Check out which hot jobs and industries are trending in the Cessnock/Hunter region now. Cessnock City Council did some important research to find out where you’re most likely to land a job locally. These were the top skills needs in the next 2 years according to Hunter region businesses.

Tertiary level skill shortage occupations in the Cessnock & Hunter region requiring a Cert. 4 or above

Employers in the following industries indicated in the Cessnock City Skills Audit that they have a current shortage of staff at Certificate IV level of education or above in the areas below. An overview of some of the pathways within these sectors is provided linked to occupations within these sectors.

Top 10 skill shortage occupations in the Cessnock & Hunter region requiring a Cert. 3 or lower

1. CHEF

Chef ranked first on the list of current skills shortage occupations and also listed on the NSW Skills Shortage List maintained by The Department of Jobs and Small Business. Most Chefs in Australia complete an apprenticeship, including a minimum of Certificate III in Commercial Cookery (SIT30816). …read more 

2. SALES REPRESENTATIVE – CELLAR DOOR

There is no mandatory qualification to be a sales representative, 57% had no post-school qualification, 8% had another unstipulated qualification, 22% had a Certificate III or higher VET qualification while 13% had a bachelor’s degree or higher level of qualification nationally…read more

3. SHOP ASSISTANT

There is no mandatory qualification; of those employed in Retail, 54% had no post-school qualification, 6% had another unstipulated qualification, 24% had a Certificate III or higher VET qualification while 16% had a bachelor’s degree or higher level of qualification nationally…read more

4 BAR ATTENDANT

You must have completed your Responsible Service of Alcohol Course if serving alcohol. Aside from that, of all workers in this industry, 55% had no post-school qualification, 6% had another unstipulated qualification, 25% had a Certificate III or higher…read more

5. FOOD & BEVERAGE GENERAL STAFF, WAITER, BARISTA

Bar Attendant/Barista is ranked fifth in the Cessnock LGA and third of the top 5 occupations in the Accommodation and Food Services industry with just over 110,000 workers nationally…read more

6. WAITER

Waiter is ranked the 6th most in demand job requiring qualifications below a Certificate 3 level and the first most in demand occupation in the Accommodation and Food Industry, nationally…read more

7. BARISTA

Can you make a coffee that will impress the most serious of connoisseurs?  Of all workers in this industry, 55% had no post-school qualification, 6% had another unstipulated qualification…read more

8. RECEPTIONIST

Do you have what it takes to be the face of a business and help it make its best first impression? There is no mandatory qualification to be a receptionist but you’re in much better stead if you can show a qualification…read more

9. HAIRDRESSER

If you’re bang on trend and have a sparkling personality, then hairdressing could be the job for you.…read more

10. SALES REPRESENTATIVE

Sales Workers employment is projected to grow across Australia and local businesses are predicting the same for the Hunter region. …read more

The Cessnock City jobs portal has been jointly funded by the Australian Government and the Cessnock City Council.