Are you where you want to be in your professional life? Is it time for a new job, or should you invest your energy in learning fresh skills at your current job?
The Career Exploration tool provides step-by-step details to help you evaluate your own career path. Start by identifying your likes and dislikes, skills, and values. Also, think about your ideal job by asking yourself these questions:
- What are you doing when time seems to fly by?
- What do you look forward to doing?
- Who do you know, real or fictional, who has your dream job?
Do you think you’re ready for a career change, or at least a career shift?
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More than 70% of all new jobs will demand higher education or skills training.
A college or university education gives you an edge in today’s job market. A certificate, diploma or degree shows your knowledge and skills. It also shows you know how to learn, adapt and manage your time. Private career colleges offer training that prepares you for a specific job.
Post-Secondary education gives you:
- An academic foundation for good communication skills, the ability to solve problems and learn new assignments even when technology changes.
- Social skills to help you deal with changes in the workplace and be respectful of others.
- Opportunities to meet instructors and students from all over Ontario, Canada and the rest of the world, helping you broaden your perspective.
- Networking opportunities. The mentors and peers you meet in school could help you land jobs in the future.
Here are some numbers to consider:
- On average university graduates earn $1 million more over their lifetime than those without a postsecondary education.
- Between 1990 and 2004, 1.5 million jobs were created for university graduates.
- 2003 unemployment rates of postsecondary graduates, high school graduates and high school dropouts were, respectively: 7, 9, and 15%.