Canadian Career Development Challenge

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  • Feedback: Career Development applies to every age and stage in our life.

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How did you hear about us?

"Career" is a funny word that means many things to many people.

How do you think about it?

  • A career is more than one job. Your career involves work, learning and leisure. It unfolds and changes throughout your life. Think of your career as the "full expression of who you are and how you want to be in the world. It keeps on expanding as it naturally goes through cycles of stability and change.”1
    1 © Mark Franklin at CareerCycles
  • A career is more than an occupation. Your career involves work, learning and leisure. It unfolds and changes throughout your life. Think of your career as the "full expression of who you are and how you want to be in the world. It keeps on expanding as it naturally goes through cycles of stability and change.”1 1 © Mark Franklin at CareerCycles
  • A career is more than a profession. Your career involves work, learning and leisure. It unfolds and changes throughout your life. Think of your career as the "full expression of who you are and how you want to be in the world. It keeps on expanding as it naturally goes through cycles of stability and change.”1 1 © Mark Franklin at CareerCycles
  • Correct! Your career involves work, learning and leisure. It unfolds and changes throughout your life. Think of your career as the "full expression of who you are and how you want to be in the world. It keeps on expanding as it naturally goes through cycles of stability and change.”1 1 © Mark Franklin at CareerCycles

What percentage of Canadians have a direct career path?

  • Correct! Only a small minority of Canadians have what would appear to be a direct career path. Career paths are shaped by bumps in the road, twists, turns, sharp corners, and even dead ends. People often have to make career decisions based on situations they did not expect.
  • Fewer than 20% of Canadians have a direct career path. Career paths are shaped by bumps in the road, twists, turns, sharp corners, and even dead ends. People often have to make career decisions based on situations they did not expect.

How curious are you about your career?

  Strongly Agree Somewhat Agree Somewhat Disagree Strongly Disagree
I enjoy investigating career-related information
I am interested in how my strengths and desires compare with career possibilities
I like discovering what work opportunities are available to me
I enjoy taking on new career challenges
  • Feedback: The more curious you are about your career the more inspired your actions are.

Do you keep up with trends?

  Always Sometimes Rarely Not at all
Social and Demographic Trends
Example: Youth under-employment and an aging workforce are two trends that will affect career opportunities in the future
Technology and Media Trends
Example: Increasingly, people use social networking sites like LinkedIn for their own career development.
Industry and Occupational Trends
Example: There has been a decrease in career opportunities in the manufacturing sector.
  • Feedback: It is important to keep up with trends related to your Career Development. You can learn about many changes that are happening in the Canadian labour market by reading newspapers, magazines, and books. You can also find out more by watching the news and trends online or on TV.

I have used Labour Market Information in my career choices.

  • Congratulations! Labour Market Information (LMI) is data about the workplace, including employment rates, salary information, job openings, and industry trends. You can find LMI in many places including www.jobbank.gc.ca. Career Cruising, an online LMI tool, is available in schools and libraries across Canada.
  • Labour Market Information (LMI) is data about the workplace, including employment rates, salary information, job openings, and industry trends. You can find LMI in many places including www.jobbank.gc.ca. Career Cruising, an online LMI tool, is available in schools and libraries across Canada.

I know where to find education and training for the work I do or want to do.

  • Congratulations! Taking part in lifelong learning can help you achieve your Career Development goals. Learning can take place in many ways. Some options may be training that is paid for by your employer, attending classes in your workplace or receiving worksite feedback. In some cases, your employer or a government supported service may pay for training. Consider earning a new certificate or diploma, taking apprenticeship training, and online courses.
  • Taking part in lifelong learning can help you achieve your Career Development goals. Learning can take place in many ways. Some options may be training that is paid for by your employer, attending classes in your workplace or receiving worksite feedback. In some cases, your employer or a government supported service may pay for training. Consider earning a new certificate or diploma, taking apprenticeship training, and online courses.

What percentage of jobs are NOT advertised openly?

  • Correct! Studies say that approximately 75% of jobs are NOT advertised. That means that developing relationships is the best way to find your ideal job.
  • Good try, however this is not correct. Studies say that approximately 75% of jobs are NOT advertised. That means that developing relationships is the best way to find your ideal job.

Do you value career planning?

  Strongly Agree Somewhat Agree Somewhat Disagree Strongly Disagree
I have questioned how well my work fits me
I prepare short- and long-term plans to achieve my career goals
I like to discover and meet people with similar career interests
I have a resume that I update regularly.
  • Feedback: Ongoing career exploration and planning are foundations of lifelong career satisfaction.

If an attractive job opportunity presents itself today, how prepared are you to go for it?

  • Feedback: You never know when unexpected opportunities or setbacks may happen. It is important to keep your résumé, cover letter, and social media profiles up to date. You should also have a portfolio of career-related documents available at all times. Your portfolio should include a current list of references.

How strong are your career transition skills?

  Strongly Agree Somewhat Agree Somewhat Disagree Strongly Disagree
I can describe the value I bring to a potential employer
I can list at least ten skills that I have
I can identify at least three accomplishments in my career
I can list the areas of growth I need to get ahead in my career
  • Feedback: It is important to understand what you have to offer a potential employer. Be prepared to answer interview questions by thinking about your knowledge, skills, abilities, and value far in advance. Being able to communicate your value clearly gives you an advantage over those who have not thought these things through.

I willingly seek out new responsibilities.

  • Congratulations! You are taking a proactive approach to your Career Development by looking out for ways to take on new responsibilities at home, work, school, and play.
  • You can take a proactive approach to your Career Development by looking out for ways to take on new responsibilities at home, work, school, and play.

Do you value personal career growth?

  Strongly Agree Somewhat Agree Somewhat Disagree Strongly Disagree
Lifelong learning is important to me
I often take advantage of learning opportunities in my workplace
Setting and meeting goals at work are important to me
I regularly upgrade my skills
  • Congratulations! Lifelong learning can create ongoing career growth and development.
  • Did you know that lifelong learning can create ongoing career growth and development?

I discuss my career with others.

  • Great! It is important to have caring and supportive relationships. Discuss your career ideas, hopes, and intentions with your spouse, family, friends, and/or a close network of co-workers.
  • It is important to have caring and supportive relationships. Discuss your career ideas, hopes, and intentions with your spouse, family, friends, and/or a close network of co-workers.

How do you feel about your career?

  Strongly Agree Somewhat Agree Somewhat Disagree Strongly Disagree
I am optimistic about my career and future
I expect more good things to happen to me than bad
I adapt easily to life and work changes
My experiences have prepared me well for a successful career
I know that I can deal efficiently with unexpected events at work
  • Congratulations! Hope, optimism, resilience, and self-confidence lead to stronger outcomes in career development.
  • It is important to have good strategies to cope effectively with changes and transition. Hope, optimism, resilience, and self-confidence lead to stronger outcomes in career development.

How well do you take care of yourself?

  Strongly Agree Somewhat Agree Somewhat Disagree Strongly Disagree
I schedule brief breaks for myself throughout the day
At the end of each day, I set priorities for the following day
I create a satisfying balance between work and the rest of my life
I take all of my allotted vacation time
  • You are taking care of yourself.
  • Canadian Mental Health Association has studied how often Canadians work in a week. Almost a quarter of Canadians currently work 50 hours per week or more. Feeling overwhelmed and having difficulty concentrating are some signs of a work-life imbalance.

How do you rate your life management skills?

  Strong Good Average Weak
Time Management
Problem Solving
Personal Financial Management
Stress Management
Interpersonal Communication
  • Congratulations! Hope, optimism, resilience, and self-confidence lead to stronger outcomes in career development.
  • It is important to have good strategies to cope effectively with changes and transition. Hope, optimism, resilience, and self-confidence lead to stronger outcomes in career development.

When did you last seek career-related services?

  • You can take your Career Development into your own hands. Career Development Practitioners across Canada can provide you with support.
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