What do I want to do?

When you think about what you want to do for a career it can be stressful. Being informed is the first step to figuring out what you may want to do.

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When you’re starting to think about a career, a great first step is to learn more about the types of careers that are out there! Talk to your friends, family members or school counsellor to discover and learn about jobs and fields that interest you.

It also helps to make a list of things you enjoy and things you feel you are good at. Also, think about things like:

  • Do you want to work inside or outside?
  • Are you okay travelling for work?
  • Do you want to work a 9am-5pm, night shifts or rotating shift work?
  • Do you want to continue your education?

You can then match your skills and preferences to possible careers. There are probably a lot of jobs you don’t even know exist! Choose some of the jobs that interest you and learn more about them.

You will want to know the:

  • job duties
  • education needed
  • work environment
  • demand for that job (will it be easy to get this job?)
  • salary

There are several resources to help you figure out what careers would be a good fit for your interests. You can watch 113 videos of jobs from across BC on Work BC’s career trek resource. You can also check out a variety of career profiles, which will tell you the education required, salary and duties expected for these jobs.

It is normal to feel unsure of what you want to do for your career. If you’re looking for inspiration, take a look at the projected top careers in BC. It also helps to talk to people who work in the jobs you are interested in – they will be able to offer you advice and give you information about their jobs.

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