There are a few important questions that you need to answer before making a decision about taking a job in the workplace. Your guidance counsellor can help you answer some of these questions and can help you find resources and programs that will help you find jobs in your area.
1. What do I like to do?
Which courses did you choose in high school – business, art, phys ed., math? Courses you enjoyed in school can be a good way to determine which tasks and skills you enjoy doing.
A university degree gives you the knowledge to qualify for positions in a wide range of job sectors. It also makes you a great candidate for occupations that have been marked by the Canadian government as having favourable employment prospects (job outlook). This means that the chances of finding work and getting an above-average salary are good.
Some of the jobs held by people with a bachelor's degree that have a favourable prospect include:
Apprenticeship is an agreement between a person (an apprentice) who wants to learn a skill and an employer who needs a skilled worker. Apprenticeship combines on-the-job experience with technical classroom training.
After completing both the classroom and the on-the-job training, apprentices can receive journeyperson certification or a certificate of qualification, allowing better employment prospects and increased opportunities for mobility across Canada.
College programs prepare you for the job you want.
Each program focuses on the specific knowledge and skills you need for a job in the field you have chosen without requiring you to study other subjects.
For example:if you study medical office administration, you are taught how to maintain patient records, complete billing forms, how to use office equipment and do scheduling. You might be asked to write an essay or report, but you won’t be required to read a novel or do a science experiment.