Introspection should be the starting point in your career planning journey. Being aware of your own strengths and weaknesses is key to defining your career goals. Completing a self-assessment can help you identify what you can already bring to the table, and what you need to work on to get a specific job or enter a particular field or industry.
Take a career quiz
Six quizzes and tests are available on Job Bank to help you discover your professional interests, abilities and preferences. The results will help you find occupations that would be a good fit for you.
Match your skills and knowledge
Explore jobs or career options that match your skills and knowledge. Check off all the skills and knowledge you have or are interested in, and find out what occupations could be a good fit for you based on your selections.
Discover the Skills for Success
Discover the key skills you need for work and daily life. Find out why each skill is important and situations in which they are useful. Find tools to assess and improve your work and life skills.
Staying informed about what’s happening in the labour market can help you align your career goals with key trends and potential outcomes. You can compare the requirements, wages and job prospects for different occupations and industries across Canada to make informed career decisions.
Learn about an occupation
Research an occupation to find out what the job is all about. You can see what you would do, how much you could make, what skills and education you need, and whether there will be jobs in this field over the next few years.
Research labour market information
Get an overview of current conditions in different industries and different parts of the country. Browse through news articles about job creation, layoffs and other developments in your industry or region.
Once you know what skills and knowledge are required for the job you want, it’s time to come up with a plan to get qualified. Before you decide to invest time and money into an education program or training course, compare your options to find out which one is right for you.
Pick a field of study
Learn about different education programs and how graduates are doing after school. Are they employed in their field of study? What are their earnings? Would they study in this field again?
Get skills training
Whether you’re looking for a new job or a career change, or if you just want to grow in your current role, training can help you get there. Find out what kind of training is right for you, where to get training, and how to pay for it.
When you’re ready to look for a job, being aware of best practices can help you speed up the process and make the most of it.
Search and apply for jobs
Discover the best ways to search for a job. Learn how to write a good resume and other steps you need to take before applying for a job. Check out interview tips that can help you make a lasting impression on employers.
Few people hold a single job until they retire. To keep tabs on career development opportunities, you need to build and maintain a professional network and stay up to date on your industry’s latest news.
Build your professional network
In Canada, many job vacancies are not advertised by employers. These positions are usually filled informally through word of mouth. This is what we call the hidden job market, and the best way to tap into it is through networking. Networking can also help you find mentors who would help you grow in your field.
Stay connected to your industry
In today’s ever-changing labour market, it’s more important than ever to stay up to date on the latest developments in your industry. By seeking continuous learning opportunities, you can embrace the change and maintain your employability.
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