Career Services: Career & Job Search Resources
Exploring your options and gathering information is important in making good decisions about your career prospects. With thousands of occupations and careers to choose from, this can be exciting and overwhelming all at the same time. This section will help you further identify your career interests, conduct occupational and industry research, and explore what to do with your degree. Formal & informal interest, values, skills and personality assessments can help you generate or narrow career options. Review your VISTA in the 'Know Yourself' section.
"To find out what one is fitted to do, and to secure an opportunity to do it, is the key to happiness." ~ John Dewey
Research Your Options
It is important to brainstorm options and identify work possibilities that appeal to you. Online job boards and occupational databases are great starting places. Identify your top choices for further research and create a short list of criteria for what you want out of a career. Identify five to ten occupations that most interest you.
What did you want to be growing up?
Who is your career role model?
What careers have you considered to date?
With whom, and how will you brainstorm work possibilities?
Connect with Others
Conduct information interviews, build relationships and meet people to learn more about an industry or gather information you cannot access on the computer. You can find people to connect with through:
- Student clubs or industry and professional associations
- Conferences, leadership and civic involvement activities
- Networking and employer events
- Volunteering, community or leisure activities
- Career and job fairs or trade shows
Seek advice from peers, professors, alumni or people you know from previous work or volunteer experience. Explore Social Media such as LinkedIn which provides information on Groups, People and Companies. Who would you like to connect with? Have an inside look at organizations - company salaries, reviews, interview questions, and more - all posted anonymously by employees and job seekers. Build and engage with your professional network. Access knowledge, insights and opportunities.
What to do with a Degree In
Throughout university you will often hear the question “What are you going to do with your degree?” How do you answer? How would you like to answer? The question isn’t “What can you do with your degree?” but, “What do you WANT to do with your degree?”
Click on the University of Calgary Degree Profiles below to view a comprehensive list for Arts, Science, Education, Social Work and Kinesiology. Please note that degree profiles for all remaining University of Calgary majors are in progress. Check out the links to other universities for those not yet listed.
Perhaps you're considering grad school? Be sure to explore this resource.
- Last Updated: Apr 7, 2020 1:13 PM
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