Research Your Career
Deciding on a career is one of the biggest decisions you will make in your life. Many people “fall into” a career, but a better option is to reflect carefully on your interests, passions, skills, and values, and then start to explore what is available. Because most of us have a variety of interests, there are probably a number of careers which would suit you well. However, there are many more that would not be a good fit.
Researching careers includes:
- Performing self-assessment
- Identifying employment sectors/ fields
- Understanding the labour market and opportunities within the current economy
- Developing knowledge of work trends – such as contract work, self-employment, part-time vs. full-time, unionized environments etc.
- Understanding Employment Standards and your rights as an employee
- Considering the employers’ perspective on new graduates
- Identifying your skills and experience as they relate to career opportunities
- Increasing your awareness of realistic salary ranges and other conditions of employment
While this may seem overwhelming, there are many resources available to help you. Online resources, career directories, your network of family, friends and faculty members, and The Student Success Centre are excellent sources of information and support. Learning about the process of career research will prepare you for any changes you will encounter on your career path now and in the future.
- Types of Jobs
There are so many different types of jobs – the possibilities are endless. However, that can sometimes make career decision-making seem quite daunting. Luckily, there are many resources to help you become better acquainted with the thousands of jobs out there and, more importantly, help you to narrow down the job that fits your skills, interests, personality, and values.Read More
- Job & Company Research
Job seekers require knowledge of industries, companies, and job roles when planning for their careers. To do that, job seekers need research skills. The quality of your research skills is essential to job searching, so make the commitment to improve your research techniques.Read More
- Understand the Economy
Understanding the Canadian economy provides helpful knowledge for your career search. This knowledge provides you with a better understanding about the types of industries that exist in Canada and which of these industries provide the most jobs to Canadians.Read More
- Understand the Canadian Workplace
If you are a newcomer to Canada, you need to know what makes looking for a job in Canada unique.Read More
- Informational Interview
One of the best ways to learn more about a specific industry, job, or organization is by connecting with professionals who are actually in the field. The technical term for this type of interaction is called ‘Informational Interviewing’.Read More