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Alberta Supports Contact Centre

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One of the best ways to explore a career option is to try it. There are several ways to get hands-on experience in an occupation, educational program or industry without making a major commitment.

Trying out an occupation lets you observe, ask questions, learn skills and experience values, interests, abilities, traits and conditions in the workplace.

Get started with these strategies

Learning about your interests

  • Take evening courses.
  • Work with a mentor.
  • Travel to find out if an option is a good fit.

Working and job shadowing

  • Check out a job from the inside.


  • Helping others helps you gain experience.

Be ready to try…

Before you volunteer, job shadow or enrol in a course, do your homework:

This personal information is being collected and used pursuant to section 33(c) and section 39(1)(a) of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. This information is being collected and retained on the system to facilitate your personal career planning process and to make it available for your ongoing use. You may choose to share this information with a Career Advisor to support the provision of career planning services. Please contact alis at or 780-422-1794 if you have any questions regarding the collection or use of the information you submit.