As a newcomer, one of the challenges you might be faced with is deciding whether to continue in your current career or switch to a related or completely different career.
If this is you, I assure you that you are not alone!
Every day we are faced with making choices, some informed others spontaneously. However, in terms of your career, it’s important to make highly informed decisions as it is an important part of life.
One of the ways to make informed decisions is to do thorough research. Research is the bedrock of making informed decisions and I’d be sharing strategies to research your occupation.
Occupational research is the the process of learning more about a career direction by researching it’s many different facets. It can involve reading job classifications, occupational standards, books / web sites, interviewing professionals in the occupation, visiting schools, talking with professors / instructors, volunteering, job shadowing, etc.
In researching your occupation, there are key areas to focus on and they are:
- Nature of the work
- Credentials & Qualifications
- Required Experience
- Technical skills
- Transferable/soft skills
- Personality fit
- Typical employers
- Working environment
- Advancement opportunities/trends/outlook
These will serve as a guide for your research and if you are able to find detailed information on these key areas of your occupation, then you have adequate information to make informed decisions.
Question is, where do you find the information? Again I say, you are not alone!
Your first point of call should be Job Bank! The information that lies in this platform/tool/website is phenomenal! Many people think job bank only contains jobs but it has way more than that. Jobs are probably just a third of the information on job bank.
This is the home page and as it is clearly stated, “your career starts here”. You can explore the labour market, statistics for employment and unemployment across all provinces, job profiles, career prospects, alternate job titles for your career e.t.c. I encourage you to spend some time on job bank and you will find a world of information there.
Riding on job bank, I mentioned that you can find alternate job titles. From these alternate titles you can go ahead and search for several jobs from different websites and read through to identify similarities and differences. This would help you understand the requirements in your career, certifications, must have skills e.t.c. With this information, you can determine your knowledge gaps and plan towards filling the gaps.
There is definitely more to occupational research and I’d be sharing more information in my next post.
If you would like to speak to someone about researching your occupation, feel free to reach out to us on firstname.lastname@example.org and an Employment Counsellor will reach out to you.