Have you asked yourself any of these questions?
- What will I do after high school? ·What are my career options?
- How do my skills, abilities and interests match up with potential careers?
- Where do I start to research jobs (wages, demand, education), where can I go to learn about programs and what kinds of courses should I be taking to get there?
- Where do you find the answer to these and other work related questions?
Visit your Career Centre!
Our Career Practitioner, Mrs. Kopp, is available for in person and online appointments to support students with career, academic, employment information.
Available Tuesdays, Thursdays and alternating Mondays between 8:30am – 3:30pm through the following methods:
- Appointments, questions, and concerns can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
- Audio chat appointments can be set up by clicking the link (available soon). Once you have chosen a time slot, click save. This appointment will now appear in your Google Calendar. At your appointment time, I will send a "Google Meet" link to you. You simply click on the link. You can choose between using "audio chat" or "audio/video chat".
Career Centre Board
Bishop O’Byrne has a Career Centre Board located in the lower east hallway outside Student Services. This is where you will find postings on upcoming job fairs, career related programs, and local hiring fairs as they happen. A lot of employers at these hiring fairs conduct interviews on the spot. Need to touch up your resume or interview skills before going? Stop by the Career Centre before you go and be ready to get that job!
Using the Internet for your job search? Here are some sites to try:
www.nextsteps.org – Click on jobsville for a listing of job boards
www.careerclick.com – Search the classified pages of newspapers from across Canada
Self Assessment & Career Research
The Career Centre has software and assessment tools to help you research so you can learn about yourself, and the work, salary, education, potential career path, and job market for your dream jobs before you commit to a program of study.
Before you start training for a career, you need to know how it matches your interests, your values, the life you want to live… Do you like to work outdoors in any weather, or would you rather work inside? Are you a people person, or are you more comfortable working with, say, animals or computers? Would you mind working shifts? How much education are you willing to take to get that dream job? Only you know yourself well enough to know the answers to these types of questions. Self-Assessment is the opportunity to explore you interests, skills, values and personality. Knowing yourself will help you understand where you fit into the world of work.
Researching an occupation will give you the information you need to find out whether the job you think you would like actually matches your personal goals and values.
Book an appointment to go Career Cruising! Bishop O’Byrne has a school membership to a “Career Cruising” website. Your Career Practitioner can help you make the most of this program through a one-on-one appointment, or you can go to the site yourself using any computer with Internet access. Visit the Career Center for the user name and password.
Self Assessment Websites
Visit the Career Center for username and password: www.careercruising.com
A short version of the Myers-Briggs type personality inventory: www.typefocus.com
Click on Exploring Careers and then click on Know Yourself: www.canadiancareers.com
Employability Skills Checklist: www.jobsetc.ca
Occupational Research Websites
There are a number of excellent resources available including:
Alberta Learning Services Career Planner: www.alis.gov.ab.ca
Career Cruising (get password from the Career Centre): www.careercruising.com
Trades as a Post Secondary Option: www.tradesecrets.org
Calgary Youth Employment Centre: www.nextsteps.org
Government of Canada Job Futures: www.jobfutures.ca
Resumes & Interviews
Want your current resume critiqued or updated?
Stop by the Career Centre for a resume “tune-up”. Your resume is a one or two page summary of your experience, skills, qualifications and education – it is your 30 second sales-pitch. Make the right impression right away – you may not get a second chance. As a marketing tool your resume needs to express to a potential employer that you are worth talking to. Your main goal is to get to the next step – the interview. Learn how to target your resume to the job you want. Applying for a cook position? The skills you will want to highlight will be much different from those you would use for a retail position.
Employers often have a large number of applications for each position they advertise. As part of the screening process, they may start by discarding resumes with spelling or typographical errors, as well as ones that don’t show you have the desired qualifications or skills. Let your Career Practitioner be an extra set of eyes to help you catch errors and help you create the right resume for the job you want before you start handing it out.
Ask your Career Practitioner for an interview preparation session, or even a mock interview. There is more to an interview than the questions, and to do well you have to be prepared. Did you know that you make a first impression the minute you meet?
· What kind of impression do you give?
· How will you dress? When will you arrive?
· What will you do while you are waiting?
· Do you have a good handshake?
· What kinds of questions could you be asked, and how would you answer them?
· Do you know how to handle behavioral-descriptive interview questions?
Instead of fumbling your way through, be ready. Your Career Practitioner can provide you with an interview preparation session. She will ask you some of the toughest questions you may get, and help you hone your answers so you are giving the employer the information they need to make the decision to hire you! Beat the nerves – make an appointment today!
Most questions will be about your:
· education, training, previous employment and volunteer or community activities
· career plans
· interest in the position
· strengths and weaknesses
· knowledge, skills and abilities
· availability to start work