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Career Planning is Life Planning

April 21 2017

Career planning can be narrowed down to three steps;
– self assessment
– occupation investigation
– post-secondary planning

Being able to follow these career planning steps with confidence makes it easier for you to achieve your vision for a life of success.

Self assessment is a way to spend some time reflecting on who you are, what is important to you, and how you see yourself fulfilling the vision you have created for your future. Confirming your values, your abilities, your interests, and your learning style makes it easier to narrow your occupation options from among the thousands that are available. Consider doing the Who Am I surveys on myBlueprint to make self reflection easier for you.

Occupation investigation allows you to dig deeper into the occupations that might be suitable for you; some that you may not have thought of before or even some that you didn’t know existed. When considering occupation options, remember: people will change their careers between three and seven times during their work lives. Recognizing that your interests, values, and passions might lead you to an occupational area rather than a specific occupation is also something you should think about. Completing the Who Am I surveys on myBlueprint will make finding occupations that interest you even easier- try the Knowledge Survey to see which occupational area (or Career Cluster) is right for you and explore the Occupations database to learn more! Now is the time for you to become aware of the many possibilities that are available to you.

Post-secondary planning is the process of deciding what to do after finishing high school. For some, this is easy; they have reflected and researched, decided on a definite plan, and all they have to do is take action. For others, post-secondary planning may take longer; perhaps their vision is not yet clear, or circumstances prevent them from pursuing a dream right now. It is important to understand that post-secondary planning does not necessarily mean going to university. Any formal learning that takes place after high school is considered post-secondary education. There are thousands of programs out there that can be accessed in a classroom setting, online, or in the workplace – and the time commitment ranges from a few weeks to many years. Take the opportunity now to research these options on the Post-Secondary database on myBlueprint so that you are aware of what’s available when you are ready to take the next step! By filling in your classes on the High School tool, you can explore exactly which opportunities are available to you!

This blog post was written in collaboration with Norma Thompson, a myBlueprint Champion in Alberta. Would you like to be a myBlueprint staff blogger? Email for more details.


Charity Becker-Lewis on April 27th, 2017
Today, I learned that Red Deer Collage does not provide a bachelors degree in Computer Science; however, I would be able to take it as a major. University of Alberta provides the course as a bachelors degree, as well as the University of Calgary. In Kelowna, there is a boot camp for the courses there, and in particular they have a course for Network Security, of which I am rather interesting in partaking.
Kiahna Cave on April 27th, 2017
I am learning about the different courses that 8 can be apart of in the future, I have learnt about teaching and becoming an educational assistant, I got to show people what I am interested in.
I have learned many new thing so and occupations, I also found a new career choice that I'm going to look in more aesthetics and I found some more information about the medical field and how I could get into it, i talked to some interesting people that where so helpful in the bachelors of science so I could talk about biology and chemistry also
Charity Becker-Lewis on April 27th, 2017
Learning about the armed forces is very interesting, it is a noble career with many branches of work. Talking to the very interesting people already prosuing this field gives a sense of dedication, respect ans a true love for their career.
Beatriz Silva Dias on April 27th, 2017
I still don't know what course or college I want to get in, but today I learned there is many options I can choose, I can be whatever I want and the only way I can discover what I want to be is trying again and again. I will never know if I don't try. I need to keep moving forward..
Adam and Dana on April 27th, 2017
Career expo puts most major post secondaries in one convenient location, this allows us to plan and ask important questions which help us decide the programs and institutions we would like to attend, but in a fun and interactive way which makes you consider not just the institutions you came with in mind.
i wanted to learn about the expierence and things that i can study
thank you fot the information provided i learned about banking, vets,
Maryana on April 27th, 2017
I plan on going into the nursing program with RDC. I am currently in grade 11.
Allison Shearer on April 27th, 2017
I have learned so much today! It's been really educational so far and found out some really important stuff about admissions and contacts. I also found out some campus visit days that I am really looking forward to.
Alyssa Saxton on April 27th, 2017
Today has been a very educational day! I have learned a lot about the opportunities that are available to me. Everyone has been so helpful! its really helped me narrow down what i want to do and has helped me set goals for my future.
Today was very educational. I learned about ideas of what courses i would need to take to become either a band teacher or a musical therapist. I was happy to know how some of the people I talked to knew someone that did the same things that I am interested in so i could get different points of view.
Today I went and looked around I seen a hair and makeup I'm really interested in cosmetics and I seen a stick bug and held it in my hands and I seen a both about wild life I like camping and I got a 1year old tree
I'd like to be a Psychologist, so I need to find out the information I need what college is the best for me and my need.
Abby Lirondelle on April 27th, 2017
Today we attended the Red Deer College Career Expo to give us ideas of what we wanted to do the rest of our lives. Although I already have my plan for my career, I talked to lots of professionals and gained valuable insight on achieving and executing my career goals.
malcolm on April 27th, 2017
so today i found the perfect school to learn music production and audio engineering.
I learned about various schools and occupations that I would personally enjoy working in. There were many interesting activities and demonstrations at the career expo and it was all well done.
This Program is very nice to help plan your carrer future. Its one of the best thing i have seen to help students like myself get an idea of what we are doing. So keep up the good work.
ive learned that i want to male money fast out of high school and that i should find a oil field company to work for
Owen Willier on April 27th, 2017
I've learned about the paramedics and mechanical engneering
id like to learn more about the army and a whole bunch of facts about them
Chase Pack on April 27th, 2017
I would like to learn more about agriculture, and find different engineering careers
tanveer on April 27th, 2017
I really want to go to a good college and university, an example would be the university of Alberta. I would like to take part in medical sciences and continue on into medical school after that. Also, I would love to get residency training after medical school.
Brielle Brown on April 27th, 2017
I went to the university's and colleges first and picked up pamphlets from the Edmonton and Alberta booth. Then we went through the others and did fun survey's and won prizes. After that we went upstairs and I got my makeup done, which is really pretty. Overall it's been really enjoyable, and I wish we had more time here.
Tatianna Pogue on April 27th, 2017
I learn't today that in life there are many jobs you can get. It may be hard but you should always try your hardest. Always complete a job never stray from what you disire and youll go far
haylee fyten on April 27th, 2017
the things that interested me today was nurseing and heath care
i want to be an architect
Keenan Karns on April 27th, 2017
just got my my fingers panted
Emma Tarzwell on April 27th, 2017
My friends and I have viewed and explored many exhibits today. There have been many interesting experiences which we have learned much about, such as the summerscaping for an art program over the summer. It's an art program that explores sculpting, painting, etc.
steve peter on April 27th, 2017
i learn that i want to be a lawyer today
I learned that there are a lot of job opportunities
Koralee on April 27th, 2017
I learned that Alberta is in need of construction workers
Gabrielle on April 27th, 2017
That there are not jobs than I thought
Alexandra Mah on April 27th, 2017
I have talked to Alberta health services. Being a pediatrician really fascinates me. I learned it takes about 8-10 years in University
Griffin on April 27th, 2017
I have learned that the Canada turbines cost a lot of money over 100,000 grand, and i have also learned that the theater is really cool using real weapons but not lethal.
Darsh Tripathi on April 27th, 2017
I learned that from Mount Royal University that you can got to university for one year and go to med school rather than going to uni for 4 years and going med school

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