Career Information Hotline FAQs
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 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.
Start with career planning. Decide which trade you are most interested in through workshops and research. Read the occupational profiles that are apprenticeship specific or you can view them on the tradesecrets website.
The tradesecrets website has a wealth of additional information on apprenticeship programs in Alberta. Find an employer to apprentice you and contact the Apprenticeship and Industry Training office nearest you to become indentured and begin your journey.
There are many career planning services available. Alberta Works Centres are a great resource for people to use. They contain information about career planning, educational information, occupational information and job search. You'll find books, newspapers, magazines, videos, public access computers, and knowledgeable staff. Career planning workshops are available free of charge at any of the Alberta Works Centres.
Contact The Business Link, a service which offers information to Alberta entrepreneurs on a wide range of topics.
- Toll-free phone: 1-800-272-9675
- In Edmonton: 780-422-7722 or Fax: 780-422-0055
Women in Alberta who are starting or expanding small business can also contact the Alberta Women Entrepreneurs.
- Toll-free phone: 1-800-713-3558
- In Edmonton: 780-422-7784
- In Calgary: 403-777-4250
Obtaining an education via distance learning is becoming very popular. Search through the educational program information at OCCinfo to find out if your program is offered via distance education (limited to programs in Western Canada.) You could also check colleges and universities individually for their distance education courses.
Employment Insurance training benefits may be available if you need to upgrade your skills to get new employment. At your local Alberta Works Centre, a Career and Employment Consultant can help determine whether you are eligible for training benefits.
In some centres, you may be referred to an agency to complete a questionnaire and assessment. Your training application may not be approved. If not, you will be offered other options.
The following websites provide information for students from other countries:
- Canada International describes federal services for non Canadians
- The Canada Bureau for International Education provides information for international students, including information on awards for study in Canada
- Citizenship and Immigration Canada has information for people who are seeking long-term residence in Canada:
- obtaining a visitor's Visa
- obtaining immigration kits, guides and forms to be used when applying for temporary stay or permanent residence in Canada.
Talk to the Student Awards Office at the educational institution you will be attending to find out about awards specific to their educational institution, faculties and or departments.
Check out the educational program information at OCCinfo. Search by program and school name for courses in Western Canada (distance and non-distance).
Also at OCCinfo, find occupational profiles, each of which has a section about education requirements that lists educational options available to enter a particular occupation.