Career counselling includes career exploration, career planning, assessment of interests, and online resources.
Common career questions
Students come for career counselling with questions or comments such as:
- I am not sure which degree program I should be in.
- What could I major in?
- What is graduate school?
- Should I go to graduate school?
- I am interested in studying _________, where can I go to do that?
- I have a degree in __________, what types of work can I do with this?
- Do you have any information on how to become a __________?
- I don't know what I want to do!
If this sounds like you, you may be interested in doing some career exploration and development. We offer a number of tools to help you with this process. Make an appointment to talk to one of our counsellors and find out more.
Students often have a number of career and development related myths. What are the top 10 career myths?
If you want to do some exploration on your own or are looking for a job, then you may want to:
- Check out our Student Employment Centre or visit the office (Oland Hall G15).
UNB’s Career Connections site is a great place to start, with many resources that can aid in your career development. The University of Waterloo has a brief overview of different stages to consider when you are making a career decision, and include various handouts and resource materials.
If you are hoping to develop effective work search strategies, the Job Bank website has been designed to help you through this process. Finally, try checking out Career Cruising for relevant information on career paths and training opportunities available in Canada (speak with a counsellor for login information).
It can be very useful to put relevant information about yourself in one place so that you can refer to it throughout your career exploration; this form-fillable document will help you to do this.
There are many tests and assessments that you can complete that will help you to get an idea of the different aspects of yourself in order to focus your decisions; one of the most popular is the Jung typology test. If you create a free account at the Jobsetc website, you will be able to track the results of career-related quizzes and tests under the Career Navigator section.
Choosing a career path
If you are wondering what types of jobs or career paths are available to you in a specific field of study, the University of Manitoba has excellent resources which provide information on degree programs and opportunities. When you are deciding on a career path, it is also important to ensure that your goals are well-defined and clear.
It is normal to get frustrated at various stages in the career development process; this article is a good read for when the question ‘What Should I Do with My Life?’ becomes overwhelming.
Exploring careers and occupational research
When researching a potential job or career, it is important to keep track of the information you collect; use this sheet to document the research you have completed. For a list of resources based on some common job titles, you can check out the University of Manitoba’s career spotlight page.
Detailed information on job prospects, pay scales, educational requirements, and links to local job opportunities can be found at ONet (US-based information) and Working in Canada. You can also find a wealth of information on jobs and careers by clicking on the career tab at Career Cruising (speak with a counsellor for login information).
We encourage recent graduates to get connected with the Young Alumni Network. It's an invaluable way to network and get practical information about your different areas of interest!
Finding jobs and employment
Finding employment, especially the ‘first real job’, can be both exciting and nerve-wracking. Be sure to stop by the Student Employment Centre at UNB Saint John for info regarding resumes, cover letters, and job postings. TalentEgg is a jobs posting website that offers positions specifically for college and university students and graduates, and also includes internship and summer job information.
Careerjet and Jobboom offer the chance to search for jobs all across Canada, or within a specific region. If you are hoping to stay in New Brunswick, this website allows you to search within the province. Charity Village is also a great resource, especially if you are interested in working in the non-profit sector.
Getting further work experience and education
You may discover that some of the positions in which you are interested require a certain amount of experience beyond classroom education; two of the most common sources of gaining this experience are internships and volunteering.
The Department of Canadian Heritage offers an internship program called Young Canada Works, which is tailored toward unemployed citizens and permanent residents under the age of 30 who are seeking employment.
You may want to explore opportunities for further education in Canada, which is sometimes required in order to obtain a job. If you are considering taking some ‘time off’, either before or during your formal education, take some time to read this excellent article on the benefits of doing so.
Surviving life on the job
The development of skills and knowledge does not stop once you have landed your first (or even twentieth) job. You can always improve yourself, even in things as simple as tying a tie. As you begin your new employment, take some time to settle and establish yourself in the role.
JobQuality compares and contrasts typical employment environments across the country, which can be useful for seeing how your current job stacks up in comparison to others. Finally, it is important to remember that you can always change career paths in the future; QuintCareers explains ten steps that will help you in going about this change.
For some motivation during your own decision-making process, take some time to read through some inspirational stories about other students’ experiences and adventures along the career path, at Icould and Roadtrip Nation.