I think the article is definitely a must read for soon-to-be grads, but I would argue that we should take this a step further and “Don’t Start Your Education Clueless!”
With new grad unemployment rates at a high, you need to become a true education strategist and arm yourself with information before starting your training to avoid the post grad job market blues! Here’s how:
It’s important to talk to your local employment service provider and look at some possible assessments to take if you are unsure of a career path. You can do interest based assessments to narrow down the possibilities then maybe an abilities or strengths based one to narrow it down further.
Once you have some ideas of a career goal you’ll need to do some research. A good starting point is workingincanada.gc.ca , take a look at the requirements for entering the field, future projections and regulatory bodies. Then look at schools that offer the training you need. Don’t just consider the cheapest or quickest route, bursaries and scholarships could be an option.
Once you’ve narrowed things down, you’ll need to talk to start asking questions. So who do you call? Ghost Busters? Haha well not exactly! You might want to start with:
1. Employment Counsellor
They may have more information on your field and contracts to get you started.
2. Regulatory body (if your field has one)
They are usually willing to talk to people interested in the field especially since you might represent a future member.
3. Employers in the sector
This is basically getting the info straight from the “horses mouth” so to speak. I would recommend talking to a few employers to find common themes, and while you’re at it, ask them what educational background they prefer in new hires, this will help you narrow down your training options. Plus if you ask they may allow you to job shadow giving you a sneak peek into the field. Remember always thank them for their time!!
4. Educational Program Manager
Once you’ve narrowed down you’re training options, it’s time to talk to the Program Manager. They can tell you the specifics of the program and whether they offer co-op or placement option with local employers.
Although nothing is a sure bet, by entering your training with research in hand you’ll know you made a well-informed decision and be one step ahead of the pack!
Elaine Logie is a student of the Career Consultant Certificate Program at Mohawk College and a MCACES Blogger. MCACESBlogs helps readers with all sorts of job search and career development tips and tricks! Like what you’re reading? Be sure to follow MCACESBlogs today! Also follow us on Pinterest, too! http://www.pinterest.com/mcacesjobsearch Happy New Year!