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Discover Your Career Path

Before the resume, job search, or interview there is one very important step that you need to do: understand yourself and what it is you are looking for in the world of work.

You want to and need to be employed, but that does not mean every job or work environment is “good” for you. In fact, having a job that does not fit with who you are can potentially make you feel more miserable than not having any work at all.

Ask yourself these questions:

  • “Who am I?”

  • “What type of work would give me satisfaction?”

  • “What type of work environment would make me happy?”

For many job seekers answering these questions may not only be difficult, but downright intimidating. To help ensure that you are making the correct choices in your career path you will first need to do a self-assessment.

It’s not just about taking a “test” or looking at one aspect of yourself; it’s about taking a comprehensive look at your whole self to discover who you are and what you want.

By understanding yourself and putting together the “patterns” that appear, you will hopefully pick career fields and companies that are a match. And when meeting employers, you will come across as a person that knows their self.

Once you've gained a better understanding of who you are and where your career interests lie, consider attending a Voices of Experience panel or keynote event. Voices of Experience events bring together a diverse array of professionals able to speak to their own unique career journeys within a particular industry or as individuals impacted by a particular career-related equity issue.

 

If you are uncertain about your career direction, or who wish to explore viable options, and want to learn about resources available to help you make appropriate strategic decisions, career advising appointments are available with a Career Education Specialist at the Career Centre.

Note: If you are considering switching programs or have other academic related concerns, please contact the Centre for Student Development & Counselling (undergraduate students only) at (416)979-5195. http://www.ryerson.ca/counselling/