It’s pretty safe to say that most university students have in mind a future that includes a job that fits them and that they love—not an everyday struggle to get out of bed and go to a job that they don’t enjoy.

Did you know that in your future career, you will spend 90,000 hours at work throughout your lifetime? You don’t want to be one of the 87 per cent of Canadian workers who doesn’t feel engaged with their job! Finding a job that you love can have a hugely positive impact on your mental and physical health. Yet few of us are lucky enough to know exactly what we want to do when we “grow up,” and even fewer will have a straight career path.

Having personally experienced unsatisfying employment, I understand first-hand exactly how frustrating it can be to be in a job where you are not using your skills. In this situation, it is easy to start questioning whether your education was worth the hard work and money, and whether you will ever make that next step up the ladder or into your preferred industry. I don’t want Capilano University students and graduates to feel like this!  

Career satisfaction comes from finding work that meets your personal values, skills and interests. This self-assessment can then be matched to jobs, industries and specific organizations to increase the chances of you waking up each morning and thinking, “I can’t wait to get to work!”

How can you find out about the huge number of career options that are out there?    


The first step is to determine your skills, interests and values. Luckily, there are a variety of (often free) online self-assessment tools that you can use such as the Kiersey Temperament Sorter or Career Cruising. It’s also useful to chat with people who you know and can trust to provide honest and constructive feedback in order to develop your own personal SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats) analysis.

Labour market research

Secondly, you will need to determine the type of employment that best matches your interests and aspirations. The expert way to do this is to chat with people who are already in the industry, position or organization in which you are interested.

These people know what their work is truly like, rather than the sanitized version that organizations post to their website. They can offer advice on how to actually find jobs in their field and whether the industry even exists here in B.C. In addition, do your own desktop research using websites such as WorkBC and also check out your dream organizations on social media to get an insight into their corporate culture.

Don’t worry…help is available

Tuesday September 15, 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., LB186

The first Career Management workshop of the Fall 2015/16 semester, “Career Choice: Find a Job that you Love!” will provide you with tips and tools on how to start your own self-assessment and begin conducting some labour market research. All Capilano University students and alumni are welcome to attend and encouraged to start thinking about where they want to be after they walk across the graduation stage.

The full Career Management workshop schedule can be found online. Students and alumni can drop in or register via the event on Facebook. Email with any questions.

Submitted by Eilidh Sligo for Student Employment Services

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