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Exploring Your Interests

Your opportunities for success are endless. The employment market is facing an aging workforce, rapid technology changes, demands for new skills and a shortage of qualified employees. These are all good reasons to start thinking about your post-secondary future.

With lots of available opportunities, you have the benefit of choosing a destination (workplace, apprenticeship, college or university) that best suits your interests and abilities. There are entry-level positions, apprenticeships, and college and university courses to suit almost any interests or ability.

Take a look at the chart below to see what kinds of careers match your interests.

Arts, Communications and Recreation

You may like to write stories, poetry and music, sketch, draw, paint, play musical instruments, sing, dance, act, take photos and/or be physically active.

Related programs include the humanities, performing arts, visual arts, literary arts, recreation and media arts.

You could find a career in architecture, creative writing, film and cinema, fine arts, graphic design and production, journalism, foreign languages, radio and television broadcasting, advertising, public relations, coaching, instructors in recreation and sport.

Business, Finance, Sales and Service

Do you like to influence, perform, lead or manage in order to meet organizational goals and for economic gain? You may like to make decisions, meet people, initiate projects, give talks and speeches, organize activities and lead groups. Are you interested in working with data using your clerical or numerical abilities, carrying out tasks in detail and following through on instructions from others?

If so, you may be interested in a career in sales, marketing, hospitality and tourism, computer information systems, finance, accounting, personnel, economics or management. Or perhaps you will be interested in becoming an entrepreneur.

Health, Natural and Applied Sciences and Information Technology

People attracted to careers in this area like to work with people. You love to observe, learn, analyze, investigate, evaluate and solve problems. You may like to work independently or in teams, analyze data, do research, deal with abstractions, explore a variety of ideas, perform lab experiments, do complex calculations and understand scientific methods and theories.

You may find a career in health promotion or the treatment of injuries, conditions and diseases. You could become involved with medicine, dentistry, nursing, therapy, rehabilitation, nutrition, fitness, hygiene, engineering or computers.

Social Sciences, Government and Human Resources

Do you really like to work with people? Are you interested in the economy, politics or social systems?

You may find yourself attracted to a career in education, law and legal studies, law enforcement, public administration, child and family services, religion and social services.

Trades, Transport and Industrial Technology

People who enjoy working with their hands may find an interesting career in this area. Do you like working with objects, machines, tools, plants or animals? Would you be interested in a program that focused on the technologies necessary to design, develop, install or maintain physical systems?

If you answered yes, then you may want to become involved with engineering and related technologies, mechanics and repair, manufacturing technology, precision production, electronics, construction, fisheries management or forestry.