Learn About Career Options
It’s hard to make good choices for yourself if you don’t know what’s out there.
Whether you are choosing a major, or planning your next step after graduation you will need to spend time investigating possibilities and reflecting on the information you learn.
Understanding how to identify and research career options will build your confidence about your future after graduation.
Degree to Career is a great place to start to understand the many possible directions that your degree may lead depending on your particular interests and skills.
If you enter your field of study into this data base you can find out where employment rates, average earnings and what kinds of jobs graduates have obtained.
Career Assessment tests can be an excellent starting place to begin to get started in generating career ideas for you to explore. Click here to explore the assessments offered at King’s.
Talking to someone about their work, field, organization or career path can be extremely helpful in developing ideas for your direction, and in helping you build your network at the same time. You can connect with King’s alumni in many different career fields and living in many different places in the world. Click here to complete an application and be matched with a mentor.
What kinds of questions should you ask in a conversation with an alumni mentor? Read about how to conduct an information interview or meet with a career counselor for help.
Career Cruising is a user friendly Canadian career data base with profiles on hundreds of careers including multimedia interviews with people working in those fields. Login and click on “learn about careers” to explore full job descriptions, educational requirements, salary information and working conditions Don’t forget to check out “related careers” to find other occupational ideas.
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The NOC is Canada’s official career dictionary with 40 000 plus job titles organized by skill types and educational training levels. Choose one of the categories to explore different but related occupations. Click on “view all job titles” and “classified elsewhere” to get more ideas.
Each week throughout the school year employers come to Western to recruit students. Attend these events to learn about a specific company, job role or field.Be sure and check the events calendar through Western Connect to see who is coming each week.
Browse through the list of occupational areas and click on one to find out job prospects, employment requirements, salary information and much more!
Check out the job scene in London. Explore the local economy sector by sector to get to know key employers and where the opportunities are.
Google can’t tell you what you should do with your life. But it might generate some good material if you try questions like: “What can I do with a Philosophy major” or “ What is the employment outlook for teachers in Ontario? “ Remember to check the reliability of the information and always verify with another trustworthy source.
Volunteer activities can bring you into contact with professional environments and help you expand your knowledge of workplaces, fields, organization and job titles. Get resume experience and make a difference in your community. Click here to explore ways to get involved.
- Explore graduate programs, consider whether grad school is right for you and learn to build an effective grad school application.
- Attend the Graduate and Professional School Fair held annually at Western in the fall to meet with representatives from different institutions.
- Learn about how to apply for graduate scholarships and get detailed information about steps in the application process.
- Explore post degree graduate certificate programs at Colleges in Ontario
Need help with writing your personal statement or statement of intent?
Get started with these video resources:
Writing Standout Personal Statements: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gedz2U4R_MY&feature=youtu.be
Preparing a Statement of Research Interests: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6oKGQdZ-puU&feature=youtu.be
Book an appointment for feedback on your statement with a tutor on line, or drop in to The Write Place, King's Student Life Centre, room 113
Stuck? Overwhelmed? and not sure what to do next? click here to book an appointment with a career counselor.
Struggling to identify job titles that interest you? .Expand your ideas about your future by shifting your focus from job titles to challenges. Take the Challenge Card Assessment and identify the challenges and problems in the world that you want to work on. Go to SparkPath click SIGN UP, create a STUDENT account using the code WesternU