Myth #1: Artificial Intelligence is taking my future job.
Change is constant in the workplace and advancing technologies have always played a major role in the shifting nature of work (think about the industrial revolution)! From robotics to advanced machine-learning, accelerating AI creates both challenges and dynamic opportunities for new ways of working. A positive, proactive approach to skill-building and evolving work environments will put you in a position of strength. Life-long career exploration includes an attitude of inquiry, as well as an enthusiasm for adaptation and growth as new technologies emerge.
To learn about changes in the industry, consider attending an Industry Spotlight, information session, or career fair.
Myth #2: A career assessment will give me “the answer.”
There are many ways to decide on a career, like talking to professionals in a field that interests you, or networking at paid and unpaid positions. Many career assessments will give you career options related to your interests, skills, values and personality to consider. This is important information that will help you make decisions about your career, but no assessment can tell you what career to choose. Use this experience to generate and reflect on options!
Explore the Know yourself page to deepen your understanding of what’s important to you.
Myth #3: I should just “know” what career to choose.
Many people think that they should have known what career to choose from a very young age. Although this may be true for some, many have not decided on their career, and many have changed their minds – a lot! Most careers unfold over time. You may start in one profession and evolve into other positions or careers. The process of career exploration will last throughout your life.
Myth #4: I will have one career in my lifetime.
For many people, this myth is a thing of the past. Today, most people change careers several times throughout their lives. Career exploration is a life-long process of trying new positions. Always be aware of your career goals. Where do you want to be in two years? Five years? Take control of your own career path.
Myth #5: I need to follow my “passion.”
Most of us are passionate about many things. It’s important to choose work that you enjoy, and sometimes this will be aligned with your passion. More importantly, do what you are passionate about in all areas of your life, through volunteering, work, personal interests and more. All experiences related to your interests and passions are valuable. You’ll find that you will discover more passions as you have more experiences.
Myth #6: A career educator will tell me what career to choose.
Career educators are here to help you explore and discuss careers options and further education. They work in partnership with you, provide space for you to explore, and guide you through the research process, but the only person who can make the final decision on your first career is you.
Myth #7: Career Exploration & Education will find me a job.
We are here to work with you and coach you through the process of finding work, and we can help connect you with opportunities. We help you develop your skills as you prepare your resume, cover letter, CV, and LinkedIn profile. We will discuss your online presence, help you prepare for interviews, devise networking strategies and more. These skills will last you a lifetime.
Myth #8: As a graduate student, my only career prospects are to work in academia.
The percentage of PhD alumni working in post-secondary education varies by faculty, department, year of completion, gender and citizenship status. Roles within higher education are also quite diverse, including professors, university administrators and college instructors. You can learn more about possible career outcomes by reviewing the 10,000 PhDs project results and then participating in job-shadowing or informational interviews.
Identities @ Work
Discuss, unpack, challenge and reflect on questions about work and identities.Learn more about Identities @ Work
Dream Job Academy
Dream Job Academy is an arts-based career exploration program designed to help you explore your passions, interests, and values to identify potential careers.Learn more about Dream Job Academy
In The Field
This program is not running for the winter 2023 term. Please check back for updates.Learn more about In The Field
Career advising appointmentsBook a one-on-one career advising appointment with a career educator or peer advisor if you are exploring your options, looking for work or considering graduate school. Learn more about Career advising appointments
Career StartCareer Start is an online tool that helps you to consider career possibilities as you try to answer tough questions about your future. Learn more about Career Start