Chapter 1: Discover Your Career Self
It might not be an easy task, but recognizing your interests, values, skills, and accomplishments and gaining a better understanding of what your wants and needs are will lead to increased self-assurance in your career decision making. Now you can start researching the labour market for occupations that may be compatible. Begin by compiling a list of what types of jobs you would like to research; you likely have some ideas in mind already and your assessments may have also provided you with a list of potential occupations. Be prepared for this list to change as you learn more about different occupations and what options might be available to you.
Labour Market Information (LMI) is an essential tool that will allow you to research what is happening in an industry as a whole. You can learn about job descriptions, job duties, related occupations, job opportunities, trends, wages, outlooks, and educational requirements both locally, provincially, and nationally. This information will allow you to make a more responsible decision when making a career choice.
With the constantly evolving job market, some additional considerations should be considered when selecting a career direction to ensure that you are setting yourself up for success. For example:
- Is the industry being disrupted by technology, automation, or social media?
- Are jobs in the industry affected by outsourcing?
- How will these trends affect job prospects in that industry?
Websites can be a good source of Labour Market Information. However, it is important to use multiple sources to understand the whole picture. Some of the sites that offer well-researched LMI are:
- Explore Careers – Job Bank
- Canada Job Bank – Job Market Trends and News
- National Occupational Classification
- Ontario’s Labour Market
- Labour Market Ottawa
- Social media websites, including LinkedIn
- Algonquin College’s Graduate Employment Reports
As a student or recent graduate, other ways of researching and collecting Labour Market Information could include:
- Speaking with individuals in positions or occupations that you are interested in by scheduling informational interviews.
- Arranging for a job shadowing or mentorship opportunity with a professional in the field.
- Participating in work-integrated learning or volunteer opportunities.
- Trying out a related course or looking for part-time employment in a related field.
- Meeting with a team member at the Employment Support Centre.
SERVICE SHOUT OUT!
Contact the Employment Support Centre if you’re interested in discussing Labour Market Information.