Career Planner: Choosing an Occupation. (Planning Series) by The Alberta Employment and Immigration Contributors

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They consider volunteering to be an important part of a career. For people who have been out of the labour force for a while, volunteering can be a bridge to new work opportunities. Some people have even turned their volunteer “jobs” into paying jobs. Volunteering can also be a way to explore different occupations. You can’t volunteer to be an actual veterinarian. But you can explore occupations in the agriculture industry by volunteering at a zoo. Or you could explore health care occupations by giving your time at a hospital.

But there were so many occupations out there. She didn’t know where to start. A big concern was that she was a single parent and her kids were still so young. What kind of occupation could she go for and still give her kids the attention they needed? Sherry also needed an occupation that would not need a lot of training. Sherry met with a career counsellor. They spent a lot of time talking about what Sherry needed in an occupation. Once she decided her priorities, it helped narrow down the choices.

Financial Industry Loans officer, accountant, insurance claims adjuster, tax return preparer... Skills Keeping records, thinking logically, noticing details, working with numbers Interests Numbers, words, office equipment, computers Values Security, order, neatness Traits Precise, stable, organized, finish tasks Do you fit into the office operations category? Yes Maybe No Would you like to be an office operations worker? Yes Maybe No © Government of Alberta, Employment, Immigration and Industry 43 EXERCISE My occupational category or categories Now you have carefully studied the descriptions of each of the seven occupational categories.

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