Not sure college is the right place for you? Unsure if you’re in the right program? Wondering what kinds of jobs will be available when you graduate? Worried about transitioning to the workforce or preparing for a university program? A counsellor can help!
Sometimes we think that coming to college will be the last time we need to think about career and educational planning. That might be true for some of us. For others, coming to college ignites excitement for more learning or raises a lot of questions.
Counselling services can help you sort out options for your education and eventual career no matter your circumstances. Our expert career counsellors can help you:
- Explore other program options if the one you are taking now (or took before) isn’t a good fit
- Explore university programs
- Explore apprenticeship programs
- Recommend academic upgrading options
- Administer and interpret formal career assessments such as the Myers Briggs Type Indicator and the Strong Interest Inventory
- Teach you how to research potential occupations and the labour market
Choosing a satisfying post secondary program, apprenticeship, job or career can be a challenging process. To do this effectively you need to know yourself. Once you are clear about your interests, skills, values, aptitudes and the key elements of your personality it becomes much easier to see what’s a good educational or career fit for you. Here’s some online resources to help you get started.
Here Are Some Online Resources to Help You Get Started
Mohawk offers two FREE career assessment tools that can help find the best fit for your personality type. Take a quick quiz to find careers best suited to you.
Check out the career Navigator and career related quizzes on this government website; it also has information about wages and job outlooks https://seekers.jobbank.gc.ca/commun-common/connection-login.aspx?lang=eng.
Although this website is specifically designed for high school students who are considering post secondary schooling, it has helpful information about career and educational options http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/prospects/.
This website by the Alberta government has quizzes to help you explore your true self https://careerinsite.alberta.ca/careerinsite.aspx.
This government of Ontario website offers information about career self exploration http://www.tcu.gov.on.ca/eng/postsecondary/careerplanning/program/wizard.html.
Sokanu has an extensive online assessment tool as well as a detailed database of careers https://www.sokanu.com/.
Knowing About the World of Work
When you are clearer about who you are, you need to think about what career options fit your skills, interests, personality and values. You also need to research wages, educational requirements and learn about what type of demand there is for specific jobs. These Canadian websites will help with your career research:
National Occupation Classification
This is a national database which contains information about hundreds of careers in Canada http://www5.hrsdc.gc.ca/NOC/English/NOC/2011/Welcome.aspx.
Alberta Learning Services
This is a comprehensive listing of Canadian occupational information http://occinfo.alis.alberta.ca/occinfopreview.
Ontario Job Futures
This website allows you to search for occupational information on hundreds of jobs http://www.tcu.gov.on.ca/eng/labourmarket/ojf/findoccupation.asp.
Tips for Parents/Friends and Career Support
Career and educational planning often isn’t a solitary process but one that includes people who care about us and our future.
This is a comprehensive discussion about how parents and friends can help in the career planning process. It’s written for students in high school but has relevance for everyone.
Need help deciding?
Give us a call at 905-575-2211 or email counselling [at] mohawkcollege.ca to book an appointment or stop in during our office hours.