Tuesday, February 13, 2024
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Wondering how to pick a career? Here’s how to get started! 

1. Think about yourself

  • Which courses did you enjoy in high school? Was there a particular area that you leaned towards, such as creative courses or science/math courses?
  • What do you like to do in your spare time? Do you have any hobbies or activities you enjoy?
  • What sort of lifestyle would you enjoy - more of an office job or a hands-on job?
  • Take our Pathfinder quiz to learn about your personality and what types of careers suit your personality.

2. Narrow down your choices to find an area that interests you

  • Find out more about what jobs are available in that field.
  • Use Fanshawe's program list or digital viewbook tool to search different areas of interest and find out which career programs are available.
  • Each program page includes career information about some specific jobs you might be interested in upon graduation.

3. Consider taking a prep program where you can explore your interests and decide on a more specific career path

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  • Start volunteering or get a high school co-op in your field of interest and see whether you like it. Ask your friends and relatives if they know anyone in your field of interest and set up a phone call or meeting with them to ask what their job entails. They may even let you "job shadow" them for a day!
  • Choose a college program with hands-on learning experiences, such as our prep programs or co-op programs, so you can get a feel for what the job is like and whether you'd enjoy it.
  • The bottom line: try things out!