The final workshop in this series that I’ll be talking about is the Career Planning Workshop – the first workshop I attended, and maybe the most helpful out of the five (although they were all really, really helpful).
For some students, career planning doesn’t happen until third or fourth year when things are wrapping up and they realize the “real world” is a lot closer than it’s ever seemed. Whether being too busy, too stressed, or just unaware of the amount of work involved, it’s not uncommon for serious career planning to be shoved to the side.
Not to say that third or fourth year is too late! The Career Centre offers plenty of resources to clarify and ease the process of planning out your career paths, from the workshop, to plenty of books, to one-on-one appointments. Any and all of these can help make career planning clearer and more interesting for you, instead of a daunting chore.
There are plenty of tips given in the workbooks and handouts available at the workshop to help you start thinking about your career path and planning. Here are a few tips to get you started:
- Take some time to think about yourself – This is really important. What do you want from a future career? What kind of hours? What kind of pay? Do you want to travel, work in an office, work directly with people, in a team, alone? Think about your skills, interests, personality, and what you want out of a career that will fit with those pieces of information
- Take a test – Personality tests and career assessments can help you consider careers you may not have thought of otherwise, as well as show you how they can fit with your wants and needs
- Establish goals for yourself – Maybe you know what kinds of careers you want to explore. Make a plan for how you will do so – volunteer, find related jobs, informational interviewing, and even just reading up on the careers. Have deadlines and treat it as a project, like you would with job searching
Career planning doesn’t have to be an overwhelming process but it does take some time, work, and careful thinking. The Career Planning workshop, or even just one appointment with an advisor, will help you to get started on the process.
This workshop in combination with all the others will give you a great foundation for planning your current and future career. All five will no doubt be useful for the rest of your life as you continue to change and grow. As a first year, they’ve given me a great perspective on what I need to do to get ahead and be successful wherever I decide to go.
I recommend attending the workshops however you can access a lot of the information on the Career Centre Website. My next post will have the links for the different areas for you.
Good luck with your career planning (and exams)! :)
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