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Prospective Students - Career Services

Prospective students

Prospective Students - Career Services

Prospective students

Prospective Students - Career Services

Prospective students

Prospective Students

Career planning is not deciding what you’ll do for the rest of your life. Career planning is about continually making choices and exploring opportunities. Every decision you make, big or small, is a valuable step. The Career Development team at Durham College assists students to achieve meaningful careers by supporting the development of their professional and personal skills.

There are five steps to getting started on your career path:

  1. Know yourself
  2. Ask practical questions
  3. Networking
  4. Make decisions and set goals
  5. Take action

Know yourself

The world around us is constantly changing and so is the world of work. A single occupation will not likely take you through your entire working life. It’s become more important than ever to ask yourself questions like:

  • What are my strengths, values, skills, and interests?
  • Which work experiences to date have I enjoyed most and least? Why?
  • If already working, do I want to change occupations or advance in my current occupation?

Here are some interactive resources to help you:

123 Career Test
Several Free tests relating to self-exploration.

Career Cruising 
An interactive career resource designed for people of all ages that helps you determine your areas of interest. Access to Career Cruising is available free of charge through most public library web sites. 

Durham College Community Employment Services can help you to discuss your research further.

Career Quiz
Part of a Service Canada site, quiz results are linked to career dictionary. Once you log in, look for Career Navigator in left-side menu. This quiz explores abilities, values and interests. Do not rely solely on these test results, but consider them in conjunction with your other research. 

Career Decision-making Difficulties Questionnaire (CDDQ) that is useful for those having trouble making a decision.

Ask practical questions when considering your options:

To determine which program and credential is right for you, start by exploring what is available and gather information relevant to these opportunities. Consider the following:

  • What career options appeal to you?
  • What qualifications do you need?
  • What kind of a demand is there today and what’s predicted for the future job market?

Considering your options:

  1. Are there any special requirements for the job? Firefighters, police officers, paramedics all have specific medical and physical requirements beyond academic qualifications. Some occupations require you to pass a criminal reference and vulnerable sector check in order to be employed.
  2. Are additional certifications or licenses required to secure employment? Various motor vehicle licenses along with a clean driving abstract, First Aid, CPR, Smart Serve, professional certifications and accreditations all may be required. Will you meet the criteria for registration or certification within your chosen field? Explore these items beforehand to avoid potential issues or disappointments. This link explores regulated professions in Ontario: Regulated Professions.
  1. What are the working conditions? Will your future job require you to:
    • Be outside in extreme weather conditions;
    • Sit behind a desk in an office environment; 
    • Stand for long periods
    • Work alone from home communicating with colleagues and customers through online or telephone communications;
    • Spend most of your day in a vehicle visiting many locations
    • Travel long distances from home
    • In a laboratory or facility requiring you to wear safety equipment
    • Be comfortable with heights of confined spaces
  2. Is there shift work or overtime? Will you work weekends? Are there flexible hours of work?

There is so much to consider!   What appeals to you?

Most students say they chose their program because of the potential career opportunities. Check out the following resources to explore labour market statistics, salaries, skills and strengths relating to your areas of interest.

Most students say they chose their program because of the potential career opportunities. Check out the following resources to explore labour market statistics, salaries, skills and strengths relating to your areas of interest.

Canadian Federal Occupational Projection System – is a federal government initiative to analyze and project long-term national labour market demand through 2020

CAREERinsite – walks you through the 5 steps of the career planning process

Employability Skills – Explores the skills you need to enter, stay in, and progress in the world of work.

Guide for Midlife Career Moves

NOC National Occupational Classification - is Canada’s official career directory with over 40,000+ job titles organized into 500 occupational description clusters.

Ontario Colleges Program Employment Profiles – Ontario College graduate feedback and employment statistics

Ontario Job Futures – job profiles and employment patterns for 190 occupation clusters common to Ontario.

Ontario Skills Passport – provides clear descriptions of Essential Skills and work habits important for success in work, learning and life.

Working in Canada – provides you with salary, prospects and location data for a variety of jobs across Canada. 


Networking can provide valuable information and advice to help you set your goals. People who you already know are a good place to start. Talk to your friends, family, co-workers, and classmates to let them know what careers interest you.

Information interviews are great way to learn what a typical day is like in the professions you are considering.  Most people who enjoy their work are willing to impart advice to people looking to start or change careers.

Check out these networking sites:

LinkedIn – Create a profile outlining your goals and experiences so far. It is easy to connect with industry professionals and DC alumni to gain valuable industry insights.

TenThousdandCoffees – Network with industry professionals and ask industry related questions via email, phone or in-person.

Make decisions and set goals

Without deadlines, goals are merely daydreams. You can get what you want if you plan your strategy. Ask yourself what are the most important goals for you right now? Use the link below to help map out your steps to get what you want, keeping in mind that SMART goals are highly effective:

S – specific M – measurable A – attainable R – realistic T – timely

Learn how to utilize each stage of the SMART goals.

Take action

So now that you are feeling comfortable with your choice, it’s time to take action and apply to a college!

Need help applying to Durham College? Our Recruitment office has additional information and resources for applicants.

To apply to full time degree, diploma or certificate programs at any Ontario college(s) use Ontario Colleges Application Service.


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