Career Information Hotline

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Career Information Hotline FAQs

I am an 18 year old who has just graduated from high school and I have no idea what I want to do with my life.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 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. 

I am interested in apprenticeship. What do I do?Answer

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.

What career planning services are generally available for Albertans?Answer

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.

How do I write a resumé and prepare for an interview?Answer

You have several options available, check out these resources and services:

Where can I go to get information on starting my own business?Answer

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
Where do I find job listings?Answer

Some of the common sources for job listings include:

Can I take my program through distance education?Answer

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.

I'm receiving EI benefits and I'm interested in retraining. How do I access training benefits?Answer

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.

What supports are available for international students?Answer

The following websites provide information for students from other countries:

Where can I get information about scholarships and grants to attend school?Answer

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.

Or visit the scholarships or loans and grants pages.

Where is the educational program being offered that I want to study?Answer

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.

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