Are you starting to make decisions about your future? There are so many great choices open to you! Understanding what you should consider when making career/life decisions is important now and throughout your life. Whether you think you already know what you want to do or you are not quite sure yet, you have come to the right place. The following information will help guide you on your journey and help you achieve your dreams.
Start planning for your future by knowing yourself, believing in yourself and following your heart. Knowing what you like, what you don’t like and what you value is the first step to choosing a rewarding career path that’s right for you. You don’t have to take this journey alone -- talk to friends, family, teachers…they are all willing to help you discover your dreams and help you along your career journey.
Exploring your options takes time and energy but it is well worth it. Once you have some ideas in mind be sure to start your research. Learn about the type of work available in different industries and locations. By learning as much as you can about the opportunities available in specific occupational areas and industry sectors, you will be able to make better and more informed career choices.
While planning your education, remember your best options will suit your skills, needs, goals and lifestyle. Discover what apprenticeship programs, colleges, universities and private vocational institutions can offer you. Learn about admission requirements, costs, programs and contact details. The more you know, the easier it will be to plan and enter a program that is a good fit for you.
Planning in advance how you will finance your education will allow you to focus on your studies and help you reach your goals. You will likely need to access funds from a combination of resources. Learn about financial options – student loans, bursaries, scholarships, grants and financial subsidies for low-income households.
Now that you have explored options, you will need to create a plan of action which will create a road map to get you where you want to go. There is a wealth of career planning information, services and resources that will help you chart a course towards your preferred future. You’ll find it here!
Work experience programs and volunteering are two of many opportunities you can use to develop your strengths and skills, build your self-confidence and gain valuable experience that can help you in the future. These opportunities will help you meet people and develop a valuable network of contacts, some of whom could be used as a positive work reference.
Looking for work? Here, you’ll find information on job searching, résumé writing, cover letter writing and the interview process. Visit the job bank section to see what jobs are available.