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5 Steps To Prepare For A Happy (& Successful) New Career In 2017

5 Helpful Steps To Prepare For A Happy (& Successful) New Career In 2017

2017 is upon us and now is a great time to figure out how to make it great. In my last blog post 7 Reasons Why People Choose Not To Go Back To School, I offered seven of the main reasons people put going back to school off to prepare for a new career.

This post as promised, is going to focus on how prepare for going back to school and start a new career. I will outline a 5 step template to help you figure out what you want to do, how to prepare for it, and be able to enjoy your career in 2017 and beyond. Each step is easy to do and you will find yourself better prepared to make decisions about your career path.

Without further adieu, here are the 5 steps to prepare for a happy & successful new career in 2017.

New Career Step #1: Figure out your passions and interests

First of all, you need to figure out what you like and don’t like. But, figuring out your passions and interests can take time. Stopping to take a bit of time to think about what you spend your time thinking about, what you enjoyed doing when you were younger, or the careers you admire, that’s usually a good starting point. As well, if you look at what you like to do in your spare time, that can be an indicator.  For example, if you have a grandparent you look after and enjoy helping them, maybe a career as a Personal Support Worker is an area to explore. Or if you did well in math and are well organized a career as an Accounting Administrator might be the right fit.

New Career Step #2: Take an inventory of your current skills

Just like when you go grocery shopping, you need to look through each cupboard, the pantry and fridge to see what you need to buy. Taking the time to see what you have and don’t have allows you plan your meals. The same can be said about figuring out your skills. It’s a fun task to do as it allows you to get to know yourself better.

There are three ares to look at when doing your skills inventory.

  1. Past jobs & volunteering
  2. Past education
  3. Hobbies & interests

As you look at each area, the questions to ask yourself are:

  1. What did you enjoy doing in previous jobs? Or which subjects did you enjoy or excel in at school?
  2. In your hobbies & interests, do you like using your hands? Creating things? Solving problems?
  3. Do you find yourself volunteering or helping in certain areas?

New Career Step #3: Explore career opportunities in the areas you are interested in

There is a myriad of job posting sites where you can research just about any career. For example, you could take a look at sites like workopolis.com, wowjobs.ca or even jobs.gc.ca. Each site will allow you to use different keywords from the career area you are interested in to discover the current job opportunities. While you are conducting your research, you can look for key pieces of information. Each posting will list what is involved in each job and what a certain career might pay. Most importantly, it will also give you the opportunity to see what types of skills and education employers want for that position. This will help you determine if you need to go back to school to be qualified for a certain type of position.

For example a couple searches on wowjobs.ca, returns some interesting results. If you are thinking about a career in Massage & Hydrotherapy, you will see there are 21 jobs available. Or if you are thinking a career in Business Administration & Project management is an area you would like to pursue, there are 28 jobs available.

New Career Step #4: Try before you buy with the job and/or school

Once you have narrowed down the new career you want to go into, you need to do a couple of things. The first is call a few employers and ask if they offer any job shadowing at their company. This will give you the opportunity to see what a ‘day in the life of a (fill in the blank)’, is like. If you think it’s the career you want to start and you do need to go back to school, it’s time to start talking to different colleges about their programs.

One thing you will want to see if you can do is go for a tour of the college. You may even ask to sit in on a day or two of classes. Because you will get a feel for the type of material offered, who the instructors are as well as get a feel for the college itself, it will help you in your decision making process. If you are thinking about checking out Canadian College for a tour, you can do so here.

New Career Step #5: Talk to people you know and trust

The last step is to talk to people you know and trust when it comes to career and school decisions. You can take the time to explain the research you have done, the careers you’re thinking about and find out if they are willing to help and support you as you make the transition to a new career. Sometimes the people we know best can offer the insight we need as we make new career decisions.


Following the five steps to a happy and successful new career in 2017 will take a bit of time but the reward of doing it will be worth it. Again, the five steps are

  1. Figure out your passions and interests
  2. Take an inventory of your current skills
  3. Explore career opportunities in the areas you are interested in
  4. Try a job or school before committing to it
  5. Talk to people you know and trust

As a result of following these steps, you will be much better prepared for your future. If you need help with these five steps, please reach out to us at Canadian College. Because we want to see you be successful in 2017, we are here to help you find the right career.

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