Figuring out your career path is not always a linear process. You may find yourself moving through this career cycle in either direction. It is helpful to remember that you are likely to have a number of careers in your lifetime and so your first job after graduation will probably not be your forever job – it may just be the next step!
It is important to have a sound understanding of oneself in preparation for career planning. Gaining this deeper understanding of your values, interests, strengths, preferences, skills and abilities will allow for a better fit when researching career opportunities or choosing a degree program. The exploration phase is all about understanding yourself and figuring out what degree program and career path aligns best with your interests, skills and values.
Reflect on your past and current experiences to identify common themes. Ask yourself: What subjects interests me? What motivates me? What skills do I have and what skills do I want to gain?
Learn about your personality type through online assessments and meet with a Career Counsellor to interpret the results with you.
Now that you have an idea of your values, skills and interests, you can start researching your options and opportunities. Find out about different career paths and possibilities that interest you by researching: online, through people and trying different experiences.
Review web resources for more details on careers of interest.
Research if your career of interest requires additional training or education.
Connect with professionals in your field of interest and conduct Information Interviews in order to gain more insight into the field
Use social media to connect to organizations, learn about career paths and network with professionals.
Attend career events, such as Career Fairs and Networking Nights to meet with and learn from industry experts.