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Career Planning FAQs

What is career planning and how can it help me?Answer

Career planning involves 4 steps: learn about yourself, explore your options, make decisions and take action. These 4 steps can help you figure out a rewarding career.

Who can I talk to for help with planning my career?Answer

You can speak with a career counsellor at an Alberta Works Centre near you. YOu can also call the Alberta's Career Information Hotline toll-free at 1-800-661-3753 or in Edmonton at 780-422-4266.

Are there resources to help me find out what I'd be good at?Answer

CAREERinsite can help. Take one of the quizzes. It can help you see where your interests overlap with your skills. Then you can explore your career options.

Where can I find out about occupations that interest me?Answer

OCCinfo features more than 550 occupational profiles. Each profile tells you the:

  • employment and advancement outlook
  • duties and working conditions
  • certification requirements
  • wage and salary ranges
How can I find out what it's like to work in a specific occupation?Answer

Watch videos of real people on the job. You may also have friends, family members or neighbours doing work that interest you. Ask about their work. It may be possible to shadow them for a day on the job.

Where can I learn about career and job fairs near where I live?Answer

See Career Events to keep track of upcoming career and job fairs in your area.

How can I make the best career choice for my desired lifestyle, work experience and family situation?Answer

Changes in the economy lead to changes in the way we work. Check out work options to find a fit for your lifestyle. Keep in mind that your desired lifestyle, work experience and family situation will change over time. A good place to start is to research the occupations that interest you at CAREERinsite.

I'm not sure what I want to do when I graduate. Where do I start?Answer

To figure out your career, start by getting to know yourself. The self-assessment quizzes can help you take the first step.

What career planning services are available for Albertans?Answer

Alberta Works Centres / Alberta Supports Centres have resources for planning your career, options for your education, information about occupations and job searches. Look for free career planning workshops offered there or at Canada-Alberta Service Centres.

I am 18 years old and have just graduated from high school. I have no idea what I want to do with my life. Where can I get help to figure it out?Answer

Have questions about getting that first job or launching your career? MyWorkQuest can help. It's a question-and-answer website that will help you make the most of your work search and connect you to valuable career advice.

You can also access career and employment services at any of the Alberta Works / Alberta Supports Centres throughout the province. Career and Employment Consultants are available at these offices to help youth prepare for and find work. The CAREERinsite website can also start you on a path to discovering your strengths and exploring possible careers.

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