Listen to a message from the Career Coach.
Overview. Soulful Career and Life Coaching.

My role is to introduce you to a variety of innovative tools, techniques, homework assignments, and formal questionnaires, to assist you with gaining more self and career awareness. In particular, time will be spent identifying your passions, clarifying your values and needs, taking an inventory of your transferable skills and personal attributes, understanding your personality preferences with the help of the well-respected Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (M.B.T.I), and creating a vision of how you would prefer your ideal career path and life to look.

Once a clearer picture emerges about the elements you would like in your career, the next steps will involve doing extensive information gathering quests and researching the many ideas that have come to light before making any conclusive decisions. At this point of the journey, it is still very important to embrace all possibilities until you can rule them out based on tangible facts and reliable labour market research.

In addition to accessing printed and electronic materials, the most trusted source of information comes from the people who are already happily employed in the fields that are of interest to you. Since everyone has an opinion, it is essential to talk to a variety of people before forming your own conclusions. Always ensure that the person is qualified to talk to you about the field and is current about the latest trends and technology.

After doing extensive information questing, a couple more steps could assist you with zeroing in on a potential career. Ask for an opportunity to do a job shadow so that you have a realistic idea about what really happens in the daily work environment. Or, offer to volunteer so that you can gain some practical experience and a current reference. When choosing an educational programme, select schools that offer a work experience component or a co-op placement. All of these little steps will help ensure you are moving in a career direction that is fully compatible with your own personal vision while simultaneously evaluating the career’s relevance in your own local labour market.

Every decision you make from this point on is a career decision. Whether you decide to read the Business Section in the newspaper, take an introductory course to photography, or volunteer to teach English to new Canadians, every step you take, or for that matter, choose not to take, is a career decision. Make sure you are taking steps that lead to experiencing more of the activities that you are passionate about and you will discover the unique niche that you were created for.

Begin your career quest today.

“In order that people may be happy in their work, these three things are needed: They must be fit for it. They must not do too much of it. And they must have a sense of success in it.”

-John Ruskin