Explore Your Career Options
Exploring career options can sometimes be overwhelming. At Career Services, we have a dedicated team of experts that are here to help you! Remember, there are four phases in career planning: Explore, Research, Plan, and Take Action that can help you explore your career ideas!
- Explore: Know Yourself
When exploring your career options, it is important to identify your core values, skills and interests. Think about: What subjects interests you? What skills do you have or want to gain? What motivates you?
Below are resources that can help you get started in exploring your values, skills and interests.
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- Career Counsellors can support you with identifying your values, abilities, and interests. A Career Counsellor can also discuss whether you would benefit from career assessments, and interpret the results with you.
- This is an online self-assessment tool with resources to help individuals learn more about themselves. It can be used to assess strengths, research occupations, set career goals, and plan for success. You can access TypeFocus through mySuccess.
- This is an online assessment that can be taken to gain a deeper understanding of interests, skills and abilities that align with different careers.
- Values are elements that are important to you in a work setting, and understanding what your values are can help guide you through your career exploration. You can complete a Values Inventory with our Career Counsellors.
*If you choose to take an online assessment to learn more about your personality or your interests it is essential that you meet with a Career Counsellor to discuss the results.
- Research: Gather Information
By gaining a better understanding of your values, skills and interests, you will be able to hone in on specific areas when examining the career options available to you. Learn about potential careers of interests by researching online, through people or by trying it out!
Going online can be a great way to start your research and get valuable information that will help you learn about your career options.
- Your Degree, Your Future will provide you with information regarding skills and potential career possibilities for most of the degrees that Carleton has to offer.
- Career Cruising provides you with sample career profiles to learn more about professions, educational requirements and gain access to many other resources regarding careers of interest. You can access this through mySuccess.
- 10 Minutes With provides you with video recordings of professionals speaking about their career experiences (sign up with your Carleton University email account to access a wider range of content for free).
- O*NET is an American database of occupational information on skills, abilities, knowledge, work activities, and interests associated with 900 occupations.
- Ontario Job Futures is developed for use as a resource to help people exploring career choices including employment outlook.
- Talent Egg is Canada’s career hub for students and new graduates that are looking for meaningful jobs and internships – also provides career guides and planning resources.
- Career Options Magazine provides information to assisting students in the transition from post-secondary education to careers.
- The National Occupational Classification Titles (NOC) is a Canadian database that provides a standardized language to identify and describe job titles.
- LinkedIn can be used to review profiles of professionals who work in a field of interest, what education they have, what does their job entail, previous work experiences, specific skills, etc.
- MyWorldAbroad is an extensive resource for students seeking to maximize the career value of their time abroad or look for work after graduation. The site is packed with 4,000 searchable resources, 300 expert articles, inspiring student stories and much more.
Connecting to people who are in careers that interest you can provide you with greater insight as well as helpful tips. Remember these conversations can be informal and formal.
- Informational Interviews – Learn more about organizations and careers from professionals working in the field through an Information Interview, which can be both formal and informal. This process is a great way to get answers to the questions that you are curious about. For example, what does their job entail, or how did they get to their current career?
- Attend events – Career Services hold many events throughout the fall and winter term, such as Networking Night, Career Fairs and employer information sessions. For information on upcoming events and employer information sessions go to mySuccess.
Try It Out!
We highly encourage students to engage in experiential learning opportunities, such as volunteering, working, practicum/internships, or co-op placements to learn about the field hands on.
- Check out the resources on our Get Experience page to help you locate your next experiential learning opportunity!
- Plan: Review Your Options
Review what you have learned from your research and reflect.
- Identify some short-term and long-term goals. Think about how you want to utilize the skills you will gain from your degree.
- Put it in writing. Establish SMART GOALS to help you measure your progress and keep track of your milestones.
- Take Action: Put Your Plan into Motion
It is time to put your plan into action. Start working towards those goals that you have set out for yourself.
It can start by:
- Reviewing your resume
- Building your LinkedIn profile
- Volunteering in your community
- Talking to your professors
Remember this process takes time.
If you need assistance, please come to Career Services in 401 Tory Building and speak to one of our Career experts!