The Career & Employment Exploration Process

It is not uncommon for students to feel anxious about their future or uncertainty about a career plan and how to figure out that plan.  Career & Employment Exploration is a process.  That’s right, a process that takes time and reflection.  The Career & Employment Exploration process consists of a number of steps you need to take in order to make a career decision.

Step 1   This step involves self-assessment.  Attend our Employability Skills & Work Values Workshop and the Self-Directed Search Workshop to begin this step of the process.

Step 2   Once you have identified some career options that interest you, then you need to know where and how to research those possibilities.  Attend our Career Information & Planning Workshop where you will be provided with the tools you need to locate career information.

Step 3   Take time to use the tools and resources you are provided with in Step 2.  A big part of career planning is to research possibilities.  Take time to read, research, information interview, job shadow, network and volunteer in order to make sure you have a clear understanding of the options you are considering.  Talking with your faculty advisor is also helpful at this point in the process.

Step 4   Once you have gathered and explored all of the career information and have made a career decision, you are ready to start implementing your plan!  Our Job Search Strategies Workshop is designed to help you build strategies to put you ahead in the job search process.  For each job posting, employers receive a number of applications.  Attend our Resume and Cover Letter Workshop to gain skills on how to put forth the documents that will stand out from the others.  Once you are successful in the first part of the job search process you don’t want to mess it up by being unprepared for the interview process.  Our Interviewing Skills and Answering Difficult Questions Workshop will prepare you so you are ready for any questions that may be asked.  Also, with social media becoming an important means of networking and job searching you need to be aware of how to make best use of the tools available.  Our Social Media Workshop will address some important things to do and remember when it comes to using social media as a networking and job seeking tool.

Aside from our workshops, we have an excellent Work-Study Program which can provide you with valuable degree related work experience and our Career Fairs will provide you with the opportunity to discuss employment opportunities with employers from across Canada.

Where ever you are in your career path, I encourage you to read the attached article on a theory called Planned Happenstance.  Be curious, be persistent, be flexible, be optimistic and take risks!

Take time to explore our website as it is full of very valuable information.  If you have any questions or difficulties throughout the process, or if you would like to talk with one of our career and employment experts, call 453-4620 and we will be happy to set up a time to meet with you.