Ready to start thinking about your career?
Career planning doesn’t have to be overwhelming. Break it down into these easy steps, and you’re on your way to a rewarding future!
1. Find out more about your work abilities and learning style
Service Canada quizzes help you explore your work abilities, learning styles and work values. Once on the site, click the “Learn More” button to scroll to 3 quizzes related to your interests, abilities and work activities. There are many other resources for you on this site.
2. Explore your options
Now that you know about yourself, find what types of work would be a good fit.
- The Ministry of Colleges and Universities offers information about choosing a career.
- Ontario workinfonet.ca (OnWIN) has employment, career and labour market information specific to Ontario.
- Explore possible careers and find out what basic skills are required by each occupation. You can even try some activities related to each occupation.
- Ontario Skills Passport provides clear descriptions of the basic skills and work habits important for work, learning and life.
- 10 steps on how to be your own boss (with essential skills). Find out if self-employment is right for you.
- The Individual WorkinfoNet Portal gives you information on employment specific to each Ontario region.
- The Ontario Cooperative Education Association has a list of valuable resources to get you started in planning your future career
3. Do more research
Now that you know what type of work interests you, the next step is to find out how that ties in with a career choice and what jobs are in high demand.
- The Ontario Labour Market Information Guide can help you use labour market information to study the demand for various careers.
- Employment Ontario helps job seekers, workers and employers with advice, grants and other services around public and private sector employment.
- On the Workforce Planning Ontario website, you can find resources in your community about training, employment and the labour force.
- The Government of Canada’s Job Bank offers information on careers, job market trends and career tools, and a search tool of current job openings and other resources.
- The Made with the Trades website can help you explore careers in the skilled trades.
4. Plan your education
Find out which programs and courses are available to help reach your career goals.
- Search thousands of online and distance programs and courses here in the studyonline.ca portal. Start your education today!
- EmployerRegistry.ca is a free online community that connects employers and future workers.
- The Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program is a school-to-work program for students to explore and work in apprenticeship occupations.
- Wavemakers is a groundbreaking work-integrated learning program, supported by the Government of Canada through the Innovative Work-Integrated Learning Program, designed to connect diverse post-secondary students with leading employers across Canada.