Why Should You Think About Career Planning?

It’s never too early to think about what you want to do later in life. Thinking ahead and learning all you can about possible job choices will make sure that you keep all of your options open. We don’t want you to find out later that you’ve dropped a course and missed a chance to do something you really love. With that in mind, here are a few things for you to think about.

Remember … perhaps the most important part of career planning is taking a range of courses that will let you take the post-secondary program you want and need. That means working toward English 12 and staying in math. You can also find out whether you will need science courses and social studies courses by learning more about careers that might interest you.

Another great tip is to start volunteering now. By doing volunteer work you can learn a great deal about your interests and what you are good at. That information is invaluable in helping you make successful career choices. You can also find out more about possible job options by interviewing people who have careers that seem interesting. Remember to ask about what courses they had to take in school to let them obtain the job of their choice.

Most importantly… have fun dreaming about your future. You might be amazed at all the great things you can do. “School is important for all of these careers. You will find that finishing school is one of the most important steps you can take to guarantee your future! ”

Where to Begin?

Read about some exciting careers:

There are:

  • For a hands-on person who likes to take charge and manage projects: · Home builder · Golf course attendant · Film editor · Aircraft inspector · Machinist · Software engineer · Farmer and farm manager · Computer programmer · Theatre designer · Conductor · Biologist · Chef
What might be your dream job? What was the last fact you learned that you thought was really cool? (It doesn’t have to be from school). The more you start noticing these things, even when you are young, the more you can learn about the types of careers which you would like to explore.

We want you to start noticing the kinds of things you like to do, and the kinds of things you don’t like to do.

What things are you doing when you are happiest?

  • For a hands-on person who enjoys challenges and solving problems: · Physicist · Computer hardware engineer · Applied chemical technologist · Industrial designer · Dentist · Veterinarian · Sculptor · Interior designer · Aerospace engineer · Electronics engineering technologist · Sheet metal worker · Boilermaker
  • For a hands-on person who’s sociable and likes to work with others: · Secretary · Parts clerk · Radio operator · Optometrist · Audio prosthetist · Scalp treatment specialist · Taxi driver · Chainsaw and skidder operator · Urban and land use planner · Physiotherapist · Chinese medical practitioner · Homeopath · Landscape architect · Specialist in clinical medicine
  • For a hands-on person who is orderly and likes to follow clear rules: · Tree service technician · Aircraft instrument mechanic · Dental therapist · Cook · Film camera operator · Broadcast technician · Machinist · Tool and die maker · Industrial electrician · Welder · Surface miner driller · Truck driver · Electronics assembler · Machine tool operator

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