Can’t decide what course to take? Here are 5 tips to guide you

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Unless you are one of those lucky ones who have never lost sight of their childhood dreams, deciding on the right course to take in college or university can be a grueling exercise. Whether you’re the type who has too many interests or someone who just can’t imagine his/her future yet, coming up with the right decision would require consideration of so many things.

To make this experience a little less difficult for you, here are five tips to help you decide on the right course:

  1. Take a test (or several tests)

  2. There are some free tests online that match your answers to potential jobs. You can try one to narrow down your choices, or try many to see whether they will arrive at the same results. Some suggested tests are: What Career is Right for Me? which takes into account your skills, interests, personality style, and values to come up with a list of career types most closely related to your selected attributes. Meanwhile, Sokanu is a platform you can use by registering through Facebook or by creating an account. Through a questionnaire, it will assess your interests, personality type, abilities, values, and preferred work environment to shortlist careers that will fit you.

    There are many free career tests online, each varying in length and method of assessment. Just bear in mind that not all of these are scientifically tested. They depend mainly on your perspective, so many will not be entirely accurate. The best thing that the tests will do for you is to narrow down your choices and provide information about possible careers out there.

  3. Explore and Research

  4. Learn as much as you can about college or university programs that you feel you may be interested in. Browse school websites, read through prospectuses, talk to your school’s career counselor, and interview graduates. For starters, check out the University of Manitoba’s Career Planning page which provides information on 200 career options.

  5. Try things out

  6. There are many volunteer and internship programs on various careers for the youth in Manitoba. You can even earn an internship while you are still in high school. This will give you an actual feel for certain jobs and test whether they are the types of professions you wish to pursue. A bonus for apprenticeships and internships is that you earn while you learn.

    You can browse through Manitoba.ca’s Career Development page for various programs like Young Canada Works, STEP Services, and others. You can also go to the Manitoba Career Prospects site to explore more career opportunities.

  7. Find a mentor

  8. Do you admire someone who is successful in their field? Maybe you can ask him or her to mentor you. To learn how to ask someone to be your mentor, or know more about mentorship, read the article Feeling lost in your career? Find a mentor! Ask about mentorship programs in your school or try mentorship programs in Manitoba. For instance, Creative Manitoba provides venues for students to be exposed to careers in art and culture. If you are interested in a career in the music industry, you can try Manitoba Music‘s youth mentorship program.

  9. Take the practical route

  10. If your main concern is to be gainfully employed after your graduation, study the Manitoba Labour Market Occupational Forecasts 2017-2023 to help you discover your best prospects. You can also check out this Career Planning Guide to help you map out your options for the future.

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Community Resources

Know the difference: How to decide between college and university in Canada by Charlotte Ottaway, MacLean’s. This is a great article that features a step-by-step process to figure things out.

Go to CanLearn.ca to explore the many ways by which you can pay for your post-secondary education, learn about scholarships, education saving incentives, and other resources.

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