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Career counselling

What is the purpose of career counselling?

Career development is a lifelong process. Your interests, values, skills and personality – all of which contribute to your career development – take time to develop and may change over time as a result of changes within you or your environment. Career counsellors are trained to guide you to better your understanding of who you are and how you fit into the world of work, allowing you to make sound academic, career and life decisions. They can do more than just help with decisions you need to make now; they can also teach you the skills you need to continuously assess yourself and the work world so you can continue to make good work-life decisions well into the future.

Who are UOIT’s career counsellors?

Our university's career counsellors hold a master’s degree in Counselling Psychology and have knowledge of relevant career resources as well as training in career development theories, counselling techniques, and the administration and interpretation of assessments.

Who needs career counselling?

Because career development is a lifelong process, anyone can benefit from career counselling, regardless of their stage of career development. Our career counsellors work with students at all levels, from undergraduate students to those in master's and PhD programs, as well as recent graduates, to help them realize their career goals.

What are some reasons to see a career counsellor?

Here are some reasons you might want to make an appointment with one of our career counsellors:

  • Identify your career-related interests, preferences and strengths and connect them to what you want out of your education, career and life.
  • Identify or narrow down your career options.
  • Connect your degree program to potential careers.
  • Occupational research support.
  • Cope with stress/anxiety related to career development.
  • Build your confidence in your career decision-making abilities and your future.
  • Academic planning.
  • Work through barriers to career development.
  • Develop a concrete career action plan.

What can I expect in my career counselling session(s)?

Our career counsellors take a non-judgmental, non-directive and strengths-based stance to career counselling. This means they will not tell you what to do or lecture you about your previous choices or current situation. Rather, their role is to guide you through the process of self-assessment (through discussions, worksheets and some formal assessments, as appropriate), occupational research, decision-making and action planning so you can develop and employ these skills on your own down the road.

To book a Career Counselling appointment contact Student Life at 905.721.8668 ext. 3392, or visit the Student Life Hub in the U5 building, U5-61, or downtown Oshawa in the 61 Charles Street building, DTA 225.

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