Dare to be Different

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Are you someone who marches to the beat of her own music or maybe you just don’t fit into the mainstream? Students often pursue traditional career paths such as doctor, lawyer, teacher, nurse, and there is nothing wrong with any of these paths.  What many students seem to forget is that there are other options.  The path after graduation is not a straight line; it’s more like a bunch of squiggly lines that offer a variety of possibilities.  So, before you narrow down your options, make sure that you do your research because there are often careers that you may not know about.

Every 2 weeks, we shine the spotlight on careers that are different.  Who knows,  you may just find what you’ve been looking for.

DARE TO BE DIFFERENT.

 

 


Director of Photography

What they do

  • Help choose what visual styles to choose
  • Determine the and number of cameras, lenses and light equipmentDirector of Photography
  • Design each shot & sequence with regard to camera angle and movement
  • Adjust setting settings such as focus and exposure

Skills Required

  • A mix of creativity and technical expertise
  • Able to work to strict deadlines
  • Good vision and sense of colour
  • Determined and self- innovated
  • Enjoy meeting and working with new people
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Education
  • Programs involving film and video, production, photography or film studies

Earnings

  • $30-100K

Gerontologist

What they do

  • Some work at community service agencies that reach out to older people""
  • Others research how ageing affects the human body and mind
  • Aim to improve the quality of our lives as we age
  • Can work at either adult daycare programs or long-term care centres

Skills Required

  • Good with people
  • Caring
  • Sensitive to the needs of others
  • Flexible
  • Organized
  • Good listener""
Education
  • Master’s or a PhD degree in gerontology

Earnings

  • $25k - $140k

Astrobiologist

What They Do""

  • Study the possibility of life beyond Earth
  • Understand how life originates
  • Study life present in extreme conditions on Earth
  • Study different planets and moons for life-supporting conditions
  • Also search for radio signals from extraterrestrial life

Work Related Skills

  • Advanced Biology, Astronomy and Biology skills
  • ""Analytical and critical thinking
  • Problem solving and interpersonal

Earnings and Education

$35,000 - $100,000 with a degree in astronomy and biology 

 

For more information on this career choice and further resources, visit Career Centre located at DV 3094 or contact 905-828-5451 to book an appointment.

Horticultural Therapist

""What They Do

Horticultural Therapy (HT) is a formal practice that uses plants, horticultural activities, and the garden landscape to promote well-being for its participants. HT is goal orientated with defined outcomes and assessment procedures. HT sessions are administered by professionally trained horticultural therapists.

Working Conditions

The horticultural therapist may work with people in virtually any type of healthcare or social service setting, for example: physical rehabilitation, mental health, vocation services, long term care, hospice, corrections, special education, wellness and health-support, foster care or youth services. They may work in impoverished or socially-disadvantage communities, in public gardens or retirement living.

Education

It would be advisable to obtain a degree or foundation degree in a subject such as botanical sciences, horticulture, horticulture leadership, education, nursing, social work, landscape design, educational psychology or occupational therapy. Certificate courses in horticultural therapy are available in universities and plant nurseries.

Earnings

Horticultural services enjoy an average income of $48,426 in Ontario.

Horticultural therapists are expected to earn between $35,000 – 57,000 a year. Horticultural therapists also tend to wear many hats – some go on to own their own successful businesses. 

For more information on this career choice and further resources, visit Career Centre located at DV 3094 or contact 905-828-5451 to book an appointment.

Continuity Writer

""What They Do

Just like a good novel, television programs show the growth and changes of a character. The wardrobe team, Make-up Artists, and Writers work to evolve the character’s look, dialogue, and personality as the character develops.

All these details can be a lot to juggle, and, if handled wrong, can be confusing for a viewer. The Continuity Writer makes sure that doesn’t happen by reviewing every detail of the characters and plot, then making changes in order to keep the flow.

As a Continuity Writer, you commonly work for a  film or Television Producer.  Films and TV shows aren’t filmed in sequential order, so you ensure a character doesn’t use information that he doesn’t learn for a few more scenes. You also review facts and make sure the storyline flows. For example, you make that the character who vowed never to wear pink (ten episodes ago) doesn’t don rose-coloured gloves.

Your Continuity Writer duties hold you accountable for knowing the characters’ history, beliefs, personalities, dreams, hang-ups, weaknesses, fears, and likes. In addition to making sure the characters grow at the appropriate rate, you work in conjunction with the Continuity Supervisor to ensure that the scene is “continual” with previous scenes. For example, you make sure it doesn’t abruptly turn from day to night or sunny to rainy. This helps keep the viewer engulfed in the story without distraction. You may also be responsible for writing show previews, station announcements, and advertising content.

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Work Related Skills

  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.
  • Ready for a Challenge: You jump into new projects with initiative and drive.

Education

  • Bachelor's degree or higher

Earnings

  • $44,000 – $109,000

For more information on this career choice and further resources, visit Career Centre located at DV 3094 or contact 905-828-5451 to book an appointment.

Oceanographer

""What They Do

  • Study seas and oceans across the globe
  • They study the moving patterns of the oceans including currents, tides and waves
  • Some also study the ocean plant and animal life
  • They collect samples and readings to observe the changes in water level
  • Work on the rocks, minerals and fossils found on the ocean floor

Work Related Skills

  • Strong research expertise
  • Field work experience
  • Scuba diving and boat handling certification
  • Excellent oral and written communication skill set""

Education

  • University Graduate degree in Oceanography or Marine Biology

Earnings

  • $ 44,000 - $100,000

For more information on this career choice and further resources, visit Career Centre located at DV 3094 or contact 905-828-5451 to book an appointment.

Art Therapist

""What They Do

  • Use to process of self-expressions and creative art work to restore a client’s functioning and explore their feelings
  • Work in traditional settings such as hospitals, rehabilitation and wellness centres

Work Related Skills

  • Strong understanding of visual art and mental health
  • Self-awareness and willing to help out others

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Education
  • Psychology and visual art degree

Earnings

  • $30,000 – $70,000 

For more information on this career choice and further resources, visit Career Centre located at DV 3094 or contact 905-828-5451 to book an appointment.

Cytotechnologist

""What They Do

  • Examine cells for abnormalities or changes that indicate the presence of diseases
  • Prepare cell samples by mounting them on slides
  • Help pathologist make a diagnosis
  • Enter results into a computer tracking system and write reports

Work Related Skills

  • Concentration for long periods of time
  • Detailed- orientated
  • Communication Skills
  • Independent work
  • Decision making 

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Education

  • Diploma or bachelor’s degree in Cytology Programs
  • Hands on experience in labs is recommend

Earnings

  • $40,000 – $70,000

 

For more information on this career choice and further resources, visit Career Centre located at DV 3094 or contact 905-828-5451 to book an appointment.

Arborist: The Three Experts

""What They Do

  • Plant and care for trees and shrubs
  • Maintain and protect trees on constructions sites
  • Preserve  existing  trees and plant  new ones
  • Treat diseased trees with  sprays and injections

Work Related Skills

  • Passionate about trees
  • Physical strength and stamina
  • Comfortable with heights
  • Hard-working and willing to work as a  part of a team

 

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Education

  • Courses in horticulture and botany
  • Diploma and Bachelor’s degree is preferred

Earnings

  • $25,000 - $62,000 annually

 

For more information on this career choice and further resources, visit Career Centre located at DV 3094 or contact 905-828-5451 to book an appointment.