If you are a youth on your own, you know life can be tough. You have to work at it. Did you know your dreams and goals can help you? Discover how.
Dreams and goals inspire you to make positive changes and to live the life you want. Having a dream or vision of what you want your life to be like will motivate you to keep moving in a positive direction. Aiming for a goal helps you choose a direction and figure out the steps you need to take.
The following 4-step process will help you turn dreams and goals into reality:
4 Steps of Career Planning
- Get to know yourself—Learn about yourself: who you are, what you value and what you want.
- Explore occupational options—Discover occupations and explore learning and training options.
- Get ready - Choose and pursue your career options—Compare options and make choices.
- Take action—Make a plan to achieve your goals.
You can explore these steps using the interactive career planning tool, CAREERinsite.
If You Need More Help Identifying Your Dreams and Goals
The people and resources listed here can help you sort out the details of your plan for positive change:
- Talk to a school counsellor or a Career and Life Management (CALM) or Career and Technology Studies teacher about your plans.
- Talk to a career counsellor:
- If you have child services status, talk with your caseworker about your dreams and goals. Visit If You’ve Had Children’s Services Status
- Download This Is Your Life: a Career and Education Planner, a guide to online career and education planning.
- Check out these videos to explore different kinds of work.
Programs to Help You Set Goals
If you’re on your own without support from family or children’s services, these community programs can help you access resources and counselling:
- Script: Boys and Girls Clubs of Calgary: support to discover strengths and set life goals to age 24—403-828-4673
- The Doorway: help to find direction and make changes to age 24—403-269-6658
- Youth Alternative Program: McMan Youth Family and Community Service Association: support to meet challenges and move ahead to age 24—403-508-0454
- YESS: Youth Empowerment and Support Services: coping skills, support, counselling and connections to community services to age 21—780-468-7070
- Old Strathcona Youth Society: support with access to partnering agencies to age 24—780-496-5947
- Tabono Program: John Howard Society of Grande Prairie—employment skills and strength-based learning and support—780-532-0373
- Life Skills Program: John Howard Society of Lethbridge—life skills and support to make change— 403-327-8202
- Vantage Community Services—Vantage Community Services: support for taking positive steps and links to community resources, referrals and counselling to age 21—403-340-8995