There are so many aspects to consider when choosing your path. Knowing yourself and understanding your values, traits, abilities, interests and what motivates you will make it easier to make an informed decision about your future. What do you like to do? What type of lifestyle do you want? What do you do well? How long do you want to be in school?
Looking at potential career options also requires you to do some research on the programs and career pathways you want to explore. Equipping yourself with as much information as possible helps to better set yourself up for success and avoid uncertainty or disappointment. Some questions to ask include:
Assessment tools and inventories, including the Strong Interest Inventory, and Career Cruising can provide you with insight into which career may be a good fit, and what training and education would be required. If you have made the decision to further your education, our staff can use these tools to assist you in your decision making process.
Whatever path you choose, make sure your decision is right for you. We all want to make our loved ones happy, but ultimately you need to feel satisfied with your decision.
I’ve registered in my program – what if I decide I don’t like it?
Finding the right program fit is important to your success as a student. In fact, data shows that the number one reason students do not complete their post-secondary studies is program fit. If you don’t think your program is right for you, then you should meet with an academic advisor and the career advisor as soon as possible to discuss your options.
An academic advisor will assess your situation and help you understand what steps are needed to minimize any impact on you, while the career advisor will discuss other career possibilities that may be more suited to your interests.
There are many ways that the Employment and Career Centre can support you as you complete your education. We host numerous employer and recruitment events on campus throughout the year to help highlight career opportunities and companies that may be a good fit for you. Statistics show that networking is the number one way to find a job, so taking advantage of the opportunity to meet with various recruiters and HR personnel when they are on campus is a great start to making some industry contacts. It also allows you some face time to ask them questions about their application process and what you can be doing that will make you stand out as an applicant when you are ready to apply for work.
We also offer resumé and cover letter support to assist you in creating a targeted, customized resumé that emphasizes your qualifications and transferable skills. The biggest mistake that jobseekers make when creating their resumé is not tailoring the information to the job and company they are applying to.
Once your resumé and cover letter are completed, we can help you work on your interview skills by arranging a mock interview for you to participate in. Feeling prepared for a real interview helps you convey confidence to an employer and better articulate why they should consider you for a position.
There are a wide variety of community services to help you with your career pathways into the work force.
Hours of Operation:
Monday - Friday 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Andrea Aarden, Career Advisor
Shelly Drefs, Career Services Assistant
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