Whether you’re a newcomer to the country, just taking your first career steps or looking for a new gig, here are three tips to find a role you truly find meaningful.
Ask the hard questions
You’ll have to ask some tough questions to really dig in and find a role you love. Take a deep breath and be honest with yourself. What are your strengths and weaknesses? What makes you curious? What kind of work environment would be best for you – from home, in an office or more hands on? Full-time or part-time? What motivates you any given day and keeps you coming back?
For instance, if you love working with children but realize you prefer a more hands-on work environment versus standing in front of a blackboard or grading assignments, being an early childhood educator (ECE) is likely a better fit than being a teacher.
Consider all angles
When you’re trying to answer big questions, it sometimes helps to have someone act as an external sounding board. A mentor or career coach can help you think through strategies and direction for your career plan or job hunt. And don’t underestimate the value of colleagues, family and friends providing their perspectives. Ultimately you need to make your own decision, but other people can help identify blind spots or things you hadn’t considered before.
Do your homework
Once you have a better sense of the type of job you’re looking for, it’s important to do your research and see what opportunities exist. You might also realize there are educational requirements for your desired path. Scour professional blogs or take a free online workshop. Career days and job fairs from employers or schools can also be informative. And again, don’t underestimate the value of your own community for setting up networking interviews.
If you can find a job that taps into your personal passions and interests, success is sure to follow. For example, if working with children resonates with you, know that ECEs are in high demand across the province. Early childcare centres, such as Childventures, are currently hiring ECEs for all age groups.
Find more information at childventures.ca