In order to choose a career path that excites you, you need to do some research into fields and occupations you’re interested in. You may also want to explore your further education options.
Once you’re satisfied that you really understand who you are, what you’re interested in, and what you’re curious about, the next step in your career plan involves finding out more about specific careers that might be a good fit for you. You may even consider applying to graduate school or a post-degree program to gain more specialized knowledge in your field of interest.
Exploring Your Career Options
1. Research occupations
You can’t figure out what might be a good fit for you if you don’t know what’s out there!
2. Connect with people in the field
While online and print research can be invaluable, there’s no substitute for getting information straight from the source!
Connect with people in the field
3. Read professional publications
Journals or professional publications are usually written for people already working in a particular field or occupation and contain a wealth of information regarding the latest trends and developments in that area.
Read professional publications
4. Attend a workshop at the Career Centre
The Career Centre has a number of workshops to support you with your career exploration whether you’re thinking about a job or further studies.
5. Meet with a Career Counsellor or Job Search Advisor
6. Attend Employer and Alumni activities
7. Participate in an Internship
An internship—whether paid or unpaid—is a great way to “try out” an occupation, organization or industry.
Participate in an Internship
8. Consider Self-Employment
Do you have an entrepreneurial spirit? Does the idea of being your own boss appeal to you?
Exploring Your Further Education Options
9. Consider graduate school or a post-degree program
Perhaps the career you’re interested in requires a graduate education or a post-degree program.
Consider grad school or post-degree program
10. Research educational programs
If you’ve determined that the occupation you’re interested in requires post-graduate study, begin to research the different programs available.
Research educational programs
11. Talk to representatives from programs and schools
You can set up appointments to do this or attend one of the information sessions that many programs offer prior to the application date.
Talk to representatives from schools
12. Put together a strong graduate school application package
Because entry into many programs can be competitive, you need to craft an application package that will get you noticed by a selection committee.
Put together a grad school application
13. Practice your graduate school interview skills
Certain graduate schools require interviews as part of the selection process—including medical and dental school. Are you prepared?
Practice grad school interview skills