This is the second stage of the Career Evolution process, where we build on the previous stage of Self Discovery. Here, we connect what you have learned about yourself (your skills, interests, values and personal characteristics) with the opportunities available in the world of work. This is the research phase.
Many people make the mistake of starting at this phase - which can be a confusing place to begin, when you haven't truly considered who you are, your priorities, and what skills you have to offer to an employer. The first phase, Self Discovery, helps to refine the research you will do now in Opportunity Awareness, into industries or jobs that fit in with who you are and what you want to do.
This phase is equally as important for those who have absolutely no idea what they want to do, as those who have known all along. It gives you the chance to confirm what you thought you knew about a job or industry, or decide to take new direction if the job wasn't what you expected. This phase is all about gathering as much information as possible in order to make an informe decision about your next job.
To find out what your opportunities are:
- Be informed on wages and your rights as an employee from the Ontario Ministry of Labour
- Search labour market information on different industries and job types to see what education and experience is required, job prospects and industry employers on the Job Bank.
- Thinking about studying or travelling abroad? Connect with the International Student Support Services and Programs office to learn more.
- Join a student club, association or volunteer organization in your local community to learn more about an industry, or increase your experience in the workforce (volunteering still counts as important experience on your resume!).
- What can you do with your degree? See what options are available for students in your program.
- Are you an entrepreneur? Know about supports available to start your own small business. If you're under 30 years old, there are government grants and funding available.
- Talk to as many people as you can to find out more about what an industry, organization or job is like. The more people you speak to, the better you know if this is a career path you want to take. This process is called an Informational Interview.