Career Counselling

With so many possible career options, the process of picking one can be challenging. What are your interests and goals? What are you good at? What would you like to learn? Where can you find out more about what people in different professions do all day? What does it take to do what you want to do for a living? Below are some tips and links to Web sites that can help you answer some of these questions.

The Basics:

  • Who better to tell you what to expect from a profession than the people in it? Ask people already doing the job that interests you what it takes to excel and where you can find more information.
  • Visit your school's guidance counsellor for help determining your best career options. Guidance counsellors have an array of resources and are fully equipped with tools to help you make these choices.
  • Research your chosen profession to see if there are professional associations that can give you guidance. Many offer not only information but opportunities for work experience.

Helpful Web Sites:

  • Define your abilities and interests by using the Career Navigator and receive suggestions on occupations matching your profile. This tool will also provide you with information on wages and employment prospects to help you make an informed career decision.
  • The Training and Careers Web site allows you to identify your career options and illustrates the relevance of school to your chosen occupations and indicates the level of studies required for those professions.
  • Build a profile for the occupation of your choice on the Labour Market Information website and investigate the situation in local labour markets across Canada, including unemployment rates, economic trends, demographics, educational institutions and much more.
  • An information interview may be a great way to begin researching a particular occupation.
  • Look at your skills and interests, look at the world of work, make a plan, and manage your career, all at the Career Exploration Web site.