Explore Careers


Who are you?  What do you enjoy?  What skills would you like to use in your job?  Getting to know yourself and understand your skills will make it easier for you to define your goals and market yourself to employers.  If you can’t clearly state to an employer what skills you have and how they relate to the position you want, there’s not much chance the employer will do it for you.  In addition, working in an field that matches your interests is a critical step towards obtaining job satisfaction.

There are two main types of skills: technical/specialized (e.g. computer skills), and transferable/personal (also sometimes called soft skills, e.g. communication skills).  Many personal and transferable skills consistently rate as the most important in the eyes of employers, so make sure you spend adequate time identifying yours.  It is worth the time reviewing the Employability Skills 2000+ to see what skills and personal attributes are most valued by employers.

Self assessment is not an exact science; the exercises contained in many of these sites are introductory.  Put more emphasis on what you learn about yourself rather than any specific occupations that may be suggested.  In order to get the most out of the exercises contained in these sites, use your findings as a starting point for discussions with friends, family or a professional career counsellor, not as a replacement. 


Use these resources to help you learn more about a wide range of occupations.  What is a typical day like?  What type of education and training are needed?  Set some time aside to explore… your career choice is not planned in a day! 


Information interviewing involves speaking to people who work in the field you want to learn more about.  It is not interviewing for a job.  Use it as a way to gather more information about the field you are interested in, so that you can make informed career choices, gather information necessary to write effective cover letters and resumes, and be better prepared for future job interviews. 

Information interviews can also be a great way to make valuable industry contacts.  If you leave a good impression, your name may later be passed along to someone else who is in a position to interview you (but don’t go in expecting this to happen).  In order to leave the best impression possible, you must be prepared and act professionally. Don’t be afraid to set up these interviews; most people genuinely want to help others, especially if your request comes across as professional, undemanding and polite. Whatever you do, don’t use the informational interview to ask straight up for a job.

To prepare for an information interview, do as much research as possible about the industry ahead of time, think of intelligent questions and rehearse what you want to discuss.

Before you head out for your interview, become familiar with the contact’s organization: its products, services, competitors, etc.  Also try to gather whatever information you can about your contact.  Figure out what you want to discuss.  A possible strategy might be:

  • Explain why you have set up the interview – what you hope to get out of it
  • Provide an overview of your career goals, experience, accomplishments and skills
  • Ask questions — get information about trends in the industry, challenges the organization faces, etc.
  • Possible questions to ask during your informational interview:
    • How do people normally break into the field?
    • What skills and personal qualities are most important for success?
    • What education and training is needed?
    • What do you do on a typical day?
    • What do you enjoy most/least?
    • What are the biggest challenges?
    • Is there anyone else I could speak with (and if so, may I use your name)?

Other tips include:

  • Be punctual. This is a must.
  • Keep it to a max of 30 minutes (and don’t stay longer than your allotted time).
  • Dress appropriately and professionally.
  • Be sure you have questions to ask – you arranged the interview after all.
  • Be prepared. Like being on time, this also can not be repeated enough.
  • Stay on topic. Don’t bring out a resume unless requested.
  • Send a thank you note immediately after your meeting.
  • Ask for referrals — names of others who you may be able to speak with.


Who’s hiring?  Who’s not?  What are the growth industries?  What occupations will be in greatest demand?  Start researching the answers to these questions using HRDC – Labour Market Information, the national site for Canadian labour market information.


Use these resources to help you learn more about various industries and occupations.  Most are Canadian, a few are based in the U.S.  Set some time aside, explore, and find something of interest to you! Links have all been checked and updated in 2023.

Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants

Advertising, Marketing & Communications
Association of Canadian Advertisers
Canadian Marketing Association
Canadian Public Relations Society

Aerospace & Air Traffic
Aerospace Engineering in Canada via Job Bank
Canadian Aeronautics and Space Institute
Canadian Space Agency
NAV Canada – Careers

AG Careers
Agri-Food Innovation Council
Canadian Aquaculture Industry Alliance
Canadian Federation of Agriculture

Canadian Apparel Federation

Arts & Culture
Canadian Association of Professional Image Creators
Canadian Society of Children’s Authors, Illustrators and Performers
Careers in Textile Human Resources Council
Communication Arts
Cultural Human Resources Council
Design Professionals of Canada
Webgrrls International

Biotechnology & Pharma
BioTalent Canada
Pharmaceutical Industry Profile via Government of Canada

Construction & Trades
Canadian Construction Association
Discover the Skilled Trades

Education & Teaching
Apply To Teach Network
Education Canada
Teacher Education Application Service – Ontario
Universities Canada

Engineers Canada

Environment & Forestry
Canadian Environmental Network
Canadian Forests Website
Canadian Renewable Energy Association
Green & Environmental Jobs via GoodWork.ca

Public Service Commission (Federal Government)
Federal Student Work Experience Program (Student Jobs)
Provincial Government Career Pages: Alberta | British Columbia | Manitoba | New Brunswick | Newfoundland & Labrador | Nova Scotia | Ontario | Prince Edward Island | Saskatchewan | Quebec

Canadian Medical Association
Canadian Nurses Association
Canadian Association of Optometrists
Canadian Association of Naturopathic Doctors
Canadian Chiropractic Association
Canadian Physiotherapy Association
Opticians Association of Canada

Hospitality & Tourism
Tourism HR Canada
HCareers Canada

Information Technology
CIPS – Canadian Information Processing Society
ITAC – Information Technology Association of Canada
Microsoft: Training and Certification
Webgrrls International

Insurance Bureau of Canada
Insurance Institute of Canada

Canadian Bar Association – Legal Career Centre

Automotive Industries Association of Canada
Careers in Plastics
Wood Manufacturing Council

Mathematics and Statistics
Canadian Mathematical Society
Be An Actuary
Society of Actuaries
Statistical Society of Canada
Statistics Canada

Media & Journalism / Publishing
Canadian Magazine Publishers Association
Jeff Gaulin’s Job Board
News Media Canada


Oil & Mining
Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers
ENSERVA – Canada’s voice for energy services, supply, and manufacturing

Science — also see Biotechnology and Health sections above
Canadian Association of Physicists
Chemical Institute of Canada
Geoscientists Canada

Special Events
Canadian Special Events Magazine

Sports & Leisure
Canada’s Sport Information Resource Centre