Career Planning by Year

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Establishing your career isn’t something that’s done overnight. It’s a gradual process that can be accomplished one small step at a time. Below are some ideas about how you may want to organize some of your career planning based on your year of study. Also, be sure to book an appointment with a career counsellor or employment strategist at any stage in the process to help you find ways of making informed decisions for your own journey.

3 Steps to Help Identify Your Career Options


YEARS 1 & 2

  • Assess your skills, values, personality, interests
  • Identify career options
  • Build Skills
  • Choose the relevant academic program
  • Self-reflect: are you on track?

Identify Options (Years 1 & 2)   

 YEARS 2 & 3

  • Get involved, gain relevant experience
  • Research your career
  • Develop a plan to meet all career criteria (e.g., experience/GPA, pre-rec courses, admission tests, application deadlines, further education etc.)
  • Start networking to get professional contacts
  • Self-reflect: are you on track?

Further Education (Years 2 & 3) 

Direct Entry into the Workforce 


  • Follow the plan to meet career criteria
  • Establish relationships to identify opportunities
  • Continue to build experience
  • Self-reflect: are you on track? 

Further Education (Years 4+) 

Direct Entry into the Workforce 



  • Self-reflect: Are you where you want to be? If not, what steps can you take? Services are available to you up to two years after convocation. Stop by the Career Centre or book an appointment.  

Online Resources for Recent Graduates