Lawyer, teacher, doctor, nurse. How many occupations can you name? What the heck does an occupational therapist do any way? How about a mycologist or a pharmacologist or an otolaryngologist?
Good career decisions require good information—about your personal traits and preferences about the world of work. Career counsellors can get you started by helping you to identify and articulate your skills, aptitudes, values, personality traits and interests as they relate to career choice.
Information about the world of work is everywhere—not just in libraries and career centres. Even television shows can influence your views of specific occupations. Government departments, sector councils and professional associations publish great information. Personal contacts are extremely valuable, often providing “up-close and personal” views of occupations. and job shadowing programs can help you develop professional networks. Don’t forget to speak with teachers, professors, friends and relatives.
We’ve provided information on almost two hundred occupational options. Thousands more exist! Be creative. Remember—good research can lead to more satisfying career decisions!