Once you've gotten to know what drives you, you'll want to start exploring your career and education options.
What career paths or fields interest me?
What post-secondary programs interest me?
What training do I need to become ___?
What careers have good prospects?
What are the job requirements for my careers of interests?
How much money could I make in this field?
What can you do with a ___ diploma/degree?
How can I figure out if this field really is a good fit for me?
How to Explore Your Options
Online research: the good ol' internet makes researching career and education options a breeze. See below to get started.
Talk to people: meet with someone who works in the field you're interested in. Most people are happy to talk about their jobs, and they can probably give you good advice on what you'd need to do to get into their field.
Job shadow: spend a day following around a professional in your field of interest. You'll get a behind-the-scenes look at a real work day, so you can figure out if this is really the career for you.
Student for a day: some schools offer student shadow opportunities where you get paired up with a current post-secondary student to learn about what life is like studying in your program of interest.
Volunteer: this is a great way to get a foothold in a field you're interested in, build your network, and boost your resume.
Work experience: If you're old enough to have a part-time job, see if you can gain some experience working in the field that interests you. Want to be a journalist? Write for your community newspaper. Interested in a trade? Enroll in the RAP program.
Open houses: visit a few post-secondary open houses to learn about the programs they offer and whether the school would be a good fit for you.
Another great resource to learn about different career paths is the Canada Job Bank.
3: Choose a direction
Choosing a direction is a matter of weighing your options, evaluating the pros and cons, and finding your best fit. Remember: there's no such thing as a wrong decision. Career planning doesn't mean making one BIG decision about what you'll do for the REST of your life. It's about continually making choices and exploring opportunities. At this point, you're just choosing your next step. Consider this good practice for all the future decision-making you'll be doing as an adult.
What schools offer programs I’m interested in?
What are the best schools/programs for studying in my field of interest?
What should I study in school to get to my dream job?
How long will it take to complete this program?
Will classes work with my schedule?
How much does tuition cost, and what will my living expenses be?