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Career Discovery: How to Find Your Next Job

Posted by: Gavin Au-Yeung Date: January 15, 2020 Category: Blog

Workers over the age of 25 will generally change jobs eight times during their working careers. Finding your next career is a process which involves a lot of research and discovery. In the second stage of Career Loans’ career exploration blogs, we will discuss the importance of Career Discovery. Career Discovery is the process of learning about and narrowing down possible occupation options.

There are many great resources available for the career discovery process. Exploring and comparing various jobs is important because it will make the final decision much easier. While identifying your desired career is important, you should also consider salary guides and the labour market situation.

Career Discovery Resources

With your self-assessment completed, you can now focus on narrowing down some of your desired occupations. While we will talk more about “finding your fit” in the third step of career exploration, you can start getting a general understanding of which career fields may interest you.

The National Occupation Classification (or NOC) is Canada’s national system for describing occupations. By using this database, you can get a general description about most occupations. Search results will highlight the essential skills required, along with the level of education generally needed. This information is portrayed by using a unique four-digit code used to identify specific occupations. To aid in the career discovery process, your search results will also suggests similar or related careers. The NOC is a powerful resource which will greatly aid the career discovery process.

Salary Guide

Earning potential is a major factor in everyone's career choices. Salary guides are a great way to learn about how much money you can expect to make.

Understanding the salary range of your desired profession is beneficial when entering the Canadian job market. Consider the lowest and highest possible salaries for someone working in your career. Knowing these figures will help you negotiate your own salary. As an internationally trained profession, you don’t want to undersell skills and abilities. At the same time, your experience and credentials may not be fully recognized in Canada, and that regulatory bodies are in place in order to work in your field. It is probably best to put yourself on the middle of the salary scale. However, you know your own skills and value the best.

There are many salary guides available online, but we will mention three major ones. Although all these guides do cover a wide range of careers, you should also note that there are minor differences regarding the primary focus. The Robert Half salary guide emphasizes roles in accounting and finance. Hays is geared towards technical jobs such as engineering and construction. Randstad is more generally focused towards IT, sales, marketing, and administrative jobs.

Labour Demands

Understanding the local labour demands will help with your career discovery, because jobs which are in high demand will naturally have more openings and opportunities available. Additionally, by equipping yourself with this knowledge, you will be able to anticipate the growth rate and earing potential for occupations which are currently in demand. On the other hand, this information can tell you which jobs are on the decline. Using the information gained from labour demands and trends will help shape your career discovery pathway.

An example of a useful resource will the Saskatchewan Industry Labour Demand outlook (2019 – 2023) which can be downloaded here. This information provides a forecast of job openings and employment growth for 16 major sectors in Saskatchewan. By using information like this, you would be able to determine which occupations are in demand across a variety of industries based on knowledge, skills, and abilities. As with Alberta, similar occupational demands can be found on the ALIS website.

Next Steps

You’ve now done a lot of research about many different careers. “Finding your fit” will be the next topic for the Career Loans blog. In this third step of career exploration, we will look at how you can decide on which occupation is your best match.

More Career Exploration help

Pursuing a career as a newcomer to Canada is a process of exploration. In fact, conducting extensive research about your chosen career path is important because this will help identify and pave the route to your ideal job. At the same time, it is also important to remember that pursuing your preferred career may take some time. The important thing is not to give up. Use professional employment services for newcomers, and don’t let this fact deter you from pursuing your desired career.

Many professionally trained newcomers to Canada may face barriers in getting foreign credentials recognized. Many newcomers find themselves working in “survival jobs” upon arriving in Canada. Internationally trained professionals living in Alberta and Saskatchewan may be eligible for services provided by Career Loans. These include free personalized counselling and loans to help towards foreign credential assessments and training. Please visit the Career Loans website for more information.

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