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Career Planning 101: Choosing the right path for you

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Transcript of Career Planning 101: Choosing the right path for you

Derrick McEachern, M.Ed, CCC, RCT-C
Career Development Specialist, NSCC
derrick.mceachern@nscc.ca
The Truth About You!
Hope is like a road in the country;
there was never a road,
but when many people walk on it,
the road comes into existence.”
-Lin Yutang
Good Career
planning is not:
Take one step at a time:

Volunteer
Meet an expert
Job Shadowing
Taking course!
Talk to someone who has taken the course or program?

Figuring out which jobs are in highest demand
and getting training to do them...
Discovering one job, or one occupation
for the rest of your life!
"The Journey of 1000 miles
begins with a single step."
- Lau Tze
Source: Guiding Circles: Aboriginal Human Resource Council
"Small steps can make a big difference"
Career Planning 101:
With ALL the information out there...
where do you


for help?
Good Career Planning is:
What should you know about
Life/Work Planning?

Likes
Leisure activities
Hobbies
Friends
Family Members
Favourite Books
Favourite
Movies/TV shows

Hero's and Role Models
Spiritual beliefs
Boyfriends/Girlfriends
Sports
video games
It all Starts with you!!
Finding A Good Fit takes time and careful research!
Discover your interests, strengths and skills


Discover what's out there: Does the occupation, educational pathways you are looking at fit your interests, strengths and skills?


Will the occupation or programs you are considering provide employment opportunities and a flexible path for the future?
19 % of U.S. Workers are actively disengaged, costing the economy...
300-350 billion dollars?
How much money could be saved simply by reducing work-related stress?
1.1 billion in health care costs
Helpful Resources
Guidance
Counsellors
Career
Centres
Career Counsellors
Parents or
Guardians
...and find a program or pathway that best fits you!
We will help you compare your career options carefully!
Choosing ___________ Path
for you
Inside those things you love to do, you'll find clues to future pathways...
One
The average job lasts __ years?
3.6
6
7.9
10.5
400-450 million dollars?
1.5 billion dollars?
Many Employers are willing to train
Employees for the skills needed to do their work...
What they are really looking for is?
A great smile
A Great Attitude
Extensive Work Experience
Flexibility
Accoding to Mark Schwartz, Author of Get Wired you're hired,
what is the most effective way to find a job?
Job Ads online
Cold Calls
Volunteering
Dropping Resume's off in person
Self Awareness:
Career Awareness:
Labour Market Awareness:
4 Session Career Plan-It Worshop




at NSCC Waterfront Campus
"Career Plan-It"
What % of College and
University Students in Canada drop out or leave before the
end of their first
year?
10%
1%
2.7%
7%
60 % of College and University Students in Canada
complete the program they first entered?
Did You Know...
the right
turn
What role(s) do you find yourself taking on at home/work?
Don't be afraid of Mistakes...
Health and Human Services
Continuing Care
Practical Nursing
Nurse Practitioner
Youth Worker
Personal Care Worker
NSCC
take the quiz...
only...
...at what cost?
...know your strengths
significant
others
friends
first, attend our...
information session:
Dates:
Monday April 4
Monday April 11
Monday April 18
Monday May 2
Date: Tuesday March 29th, 6pm
following the session you can sign up for our:
6-8pm
We can help!
If you think you would benefit from further exploration...
http://www.nscc.ca/learning_programs/test_drive/infosessionsignup/
Go to:
be sure to select "Career Exploration Session"
teachers
Good Career Planning is:
Self Awareness:
remember...
Discover your interests, strengths and skills


Discover what's out there: Does the occupation, educational pathways you are looking at fit your interests, strengths and skills?


Will the occupation or programs you are considering provide employment opportunities and a flexible path for the future?
Hope is like a road in the country;
there was never a road,
but when many people walk on it,
the road comes into existence.”
-Lin Yutang
need more info?
Labour Market Awareness
Occupational Awareness
So What's the Point?
Marcus'message
is accurate and inspiring... but you don't need an expensive book to find your way...
With a few tips and tools, and some careful thought, you can determine a path that fits...
Focus
“Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow.” – Albert Einstien
Learning
Balance
Values & Meaning
Personal Style
& Spirit
Interests
Gifts, Aptitudes & Skills
Work &
Personal Connections
Life/Work Roles
Self-Awareness
will help


your Career Direction
what do you love to learn about...
Honesty
$
what do you need to maintain a balanced life...
What things are more important than anything else...
What kind of person are you?
What activities captivate you?
what can you do better than most other people?
Who are your strongest allies?
...what hard lessons have you learned
Please Contact:
For more information...
Derrick McEachern
derrick.mceachern@nscc.ca
902 491 5666:
Occupational Research
http://www.careercruising.com

Username: NSCC
Passord: Halifax
novascotiacareeroptions.ns.ca
Derrick McEachern, Counsellor
Career Development Specialist

derrick.mceachern@nscc.ca
902 491 5666
For those that require more support,
we offer free Career Counselling Services
Networking is Relationship Building
Invest in Relationships
Give, as well as get
Seek Advice, Not Help
Start with people interested in your success
family, friends, neighbours, co-workers, classmates
friends, or friends of friends can connect you to someone "in the know"
not the quantity of contacts, but the quality of relationships you build
be genuinely interested in learning about the work
the goal is to join a circle of "like minds"
know what you have to offer in return
what advice, ideas, contacts can benefit this person
don't look for job openings...
learn about how they broke into the field
listen to their story
seek information on learning programs, industry trends, companies with similar values, etc.
Keep Your Network Alive
Check in casually and periodically
update them, on job changes, promotions, new happenings in the industry, new books
follow up on contacts and suggestions they have provided
one job
one Post-it
Information Meetings
Keep them Casual
Position them as the expert!
Keep track of what you learn
strike up conversations at family gatherings, open houses, career fairs,or waiting rooms
schedule meetings over coffee, or lunch
allow the to talk about their expertise
learn about books, articles and websites, relate clubs/organizations
respect their time, come with a list of questions you can't find answers to elsewhere
Could you see yourself doing this work?
Keep track of your likes/dislikes
note names of new people you can contact
note personal info for future reference
http://www.howcast.com/videos/2349-How-To-Network
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