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  • Choosing a Career Path by the Numbers
    Posted on: Monday, June 16, 2014

    When you choose a field to study, you want to make sure that there is a good probability that there will be a job for you when you complete your training! Try making you career choice based on choosing a career path by the numbers

    Statistics Canada is constantly monitoring the number of jobs available in each sector of Canada’s industry.

    Following is Statistics Canada’s recent release of these figures for the sectors that they monitor. It shows the percentage increase or decrease of the number of jobs available in each sector. (i.e. positive numbers are an increase, and negative numbers are a decrease). This survey covers the period from April, 2013 to April, 2014

    Employment by Class of Worker and Industry
    Percentage changes from April 2013 to April 2014 – Statistics Canada

    All Industries
    Goods producing sector 0.1 %
    Utilities 15.5
    Natural Resources 6.4
    Manufacturing 0.1
    Construction -1.2
    Agriculture -8.1

    Services-producing sector 1.1
    Transportation & warehousing 5.5
    Business building & other support services 5.5
    Other services 3.8
    Information, culture & recreation 2.5
    Health care & social assistance 2.4
    Professional, scientific & technical services 1.3
    Trade 0.8
    Accommodation & food services -0.5
    Finance, insurance, real estate & leasing -1.0
    Educational services -1.2
    Public administration -4.4

    An examination of the above table should give you an idea of sectors of the Canadian economy having the largest areas of job opportunity.

    It might also suggest areas that you might not want to train for right now.

     

  • Choosing the Right Type of College Training
    Posted on: Friday, May 23, 2014

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    Choosing the right type of college, requires a large investment of time and money in a post-secondary education, if the research isn’t done, many find out that they cannot get a job when they graduate. Don’t rely on advice from others; some professionals have their own agenda, such filling a class or the commission is better with a more expensive program. Do the research yourself! Ask yourself these questions to start your career research

    • Make sure there is a demand for the job you are training for.
    • Is the future demand on the increase or decrease?
    • Is this something, you feel passionate about?
    • Do you see yourself doing this for the long term?
    • Is there potential for growth and seniority in the position?
    • What position do you see yourself in 5 years of doing this job

     

     

    Here are some Statistics according to www.careerbuilder.ca , for the top occupations for recent college graduates:

    Entry-level occupations with the most job listings (with at least 3,500 active jobs in March) include:

    1) Registered Nurse

    2) Sales Representative

    3) Accountant

    4) Customer Service Representative

    5) Industrial Engineer

    6) Retail Salesperson

    7) Medical and Health Services Manager

    8) Physical Therapist

    9) Occupational Therapist

    10) Computer Support Specialist

    Career Paths to Avoid

     On the other hand, there are a number of careers to avoid because they are slowly dying, or will disappear completely in the next ten years.

    According to Forbes, the “Top Ten Dead or Dying Career Paths” are:

    1)      Computer Operators

    2)      Stage Performers

    3)      Postal Service Mail Sorters

    4)      Holistic Healers

    5)      Office and Administrative Support Workers

    6)      Telemarketers and Door-to-Door Sales People

    7)      Photo Processors

    8)      Seamstresses and Tailors

    9)      Radio Operators

    10)  Journalists

    To see the full article go to http://www.forbes.com/2011/01/18/jobs-outlook-decline-forbes-woman-leadership-careers_slide.html .

    Neither of the above two lists is definitive. Also, there are many occupations that fall between these two lists Therefore, do your research.  Check national and regional employment trends to find out what is hot, and what is not.

    Also watch our future blogs and newsletters to keep you abreast of current regional trends.

    Some time spent in this area could prevent you from making a career choice mistake!

  • New Rules For International Students Coming to Canada!
    Posted on: Thursday, May 8, 2014

    174x174 Jay's BlogCaution!  The Canadian government passed new rules effective June 1, 2014, on what is required and the procedures for international students to come to Canada to Study.

    Don not count on the old rules to work, or you may be in for a nasty surprise that could cost you a lot of time and money.

    So, make sure you check out all the new procedures before you start applying to study in Canada.

    Find all the new rules   in the section of MY CAREER ADVISOR’S website called “International Studies”.  The instructions in this section incorporate all the new rules and procedures!

  • Unlocking the keys to your success!
    Posted on: Thursday, May 1, 2014

    Jay's BlogChanging careers or training for a new one, can be an overwhelming experience. While choosing the right career path is the most important decision you’ll make, it’s not the only important decision you will have to make.

     1. First you have to select the career that’s right for you by assessing both yourself and the selected career, and then asking yourself if it’s a fit. Only you can answer this question with no biases.

    a. Career assessment to find a career path that fits you and your lifestyle

    b. Career profiles video library to compare and research career profiles

     2. Finding the right training program at the ideal tuition is a task that requires a lot of legwork and time plus money to go see each institution,  just to get all the information. Some points to keep in mind when researching a college:

    a. Researching the college

    i. Reputation - talk to present and past graduates, check online blogs and news articles

    ii. Success rate - while no one can guarantee you a job, make sure the college has a job placement service for graduates

    iii. Length of the program and certification level (certificate, diploma or degree) – is there a practicum, clinical, or work experience included. Don’t just settle for the shortest program offered; remember this is your training for your new career.

    iv. Tuition – remember, cheapest isn’t always the best, as well as the most expensive isn’t always the best.

    v. Freebies -  unless it’s a scholarship or a bursary the value isn’t normally justified (Free tablets, aren’t free if you pay for them in your tuition, the same goes for e-books, ask if you can use your own books or laptop/tablet if the school only offers the programs via e-books).

    3. Once you graduate or are getting close to graduation means you have to get your first impression ready, and that’s your resume portfolio. Points to remember include;

    a. The cover letter – gives the potential employer a summary of yourself and how you see yourself being the perfect fit for the job

    b. The resume is your key to getting your foot in the door, no matter how qualified you may be if it doesn’t look professional or has grammatical errors in it, you will not get called

    c. The job interview unless you have prepped for it, you won’t likely go any further

    These are just some of the steps you’ll need to follow to be successful, remember you can’t afford not to be prepped, it’s your time and money.

    We at My Career Advisor realized this and compiled all the tools and resources from all over the internet and put them in one place, checkout all this and more at:

    www.mycareeradvisor.ca

  • Better Business Bureau Article on Choosing a Private Post-Secondary Institution – BC
    Posted on: Saturday, May 3, 2014

    Jay's BlogHOW TO CHOOSE THE RIGHT INSTITUTION FOR YOU:

     Spend as much time, care and consideration choosing the institution as you would choosing a career. The following suggestions may help you spend your time and money wisely and ensure that you will receive the training or instruction you will need to find a job in that field when you graduate.

     Check out future job markets in your field of interest and contact potential employers – ask what training they require.

     Look online and in the yellow pages under `school’, and the specific category, such as `business and secretarial’.

     Seriously investigate and compare all institutions which offer the training or instruction that interests you. Consider making appointments and visiting these schools.

      During your visit check the following:

     ADMISSION: What are the prerequisites – high school diploma? Certain skills? Abilities? Licenses? CRC’s? Is there an admissions test? A personal interview? How are these scored?

     TRAINING OR INSTRUCTION: How long does it take to complete the program? What skills will be taught? How much training or instruction is classroom lecture, how much is practical experience? Is there an opportunity to get work experience?

     FACILITIES AND EQUIPMENT: With permission, tour the institution – how many students are there in a class? What is the student/teacher ratio? Are classrooms crowded? What equipment is used? Is it similar to what is used currently by the industry? Is the equipment shared?

    INSTITUTION RULES: What are the institution’s rules for behavior? Is smoking allowed? Is there a dress code? Are there attendance rules? Do students have to maintain a minimum grade? What is the institution’s mechanism for student appeals?

     COST: Do some comparison shopping – institutions usually charge similar tuition for similar training. If the cost is substantially higher at one institution, ask why. There may be a good reason.

    If you fail a subject, can you repeat it without paying again? Does the institution provide tutors and is there a charge for tutoring? What is included in the tuition and what are the extra costs? What is the institution’ refund policy?

    Make a checklist for easy comparison: books, materials/kits, lab fees, uniforms, and other fees. Please note, the Private Career Training Institutions Agency does not control or regulate tuition fees charged by individual schools.

     INSTRUCTOR QUALIFICATIONS: What is the minimum level of education or training of the instructors? How much practical experience have they had in their field? Are they properly licensed in the field of training they are teaching?

     JOB PLACEMENT ASSISTANCE: Is job placement assistance available? What does the placement service include? Are job search techniques taught? Are interview referrals made?

     JOB OPPORTUNITIES: What kind of job can you expect to get once you finish training? In what position? At what salary level? Ask the school for a list of companies that have hired recent graduates. How many students graduate? How many get jobs? How are these numbers arrived at? Is part time counted? Are only training related jobs counted in these numbers?

     MAKING A CHOICE: Institutions offer many types of courses and programs in various academic and occupational areas. These may vary widely in terms of subject matter, course content, curricula, length and cost. Review the course outline to see if it will provide you with what you need.

    When you have made your choice, call the Better Business Bureau and ask if they have any information on the institution.

     THE DOTTED LINE: Once you have been accepted by the institution, you must be asked to sign an enrollment contract which should contain, among other details, the following items:

    1) name and address of the institution and the name of the course or program

    2) start and end date of the course and the duration and cost of the course

    3) date the contract is entered into, the name, mailing address and signature of the student or guardian and the signature of an institution official

    4) costs for the course and a payment schedule if you are paying by installments

    5) It must also state that the institution operates in conformity with the Private Career Training Institutions Agency Education Act, the Private Career Training Institutions Agency Regulations and Bylaws of the Agency.

    6) It may also contain the rules and regulations for the institution. Carefully review them and make sure that you can abide by them before you sign the contract.

     Once you have signed the contract, the institution should give you a copy. Please keep it in a safe place.

    (excerpts from an article by the BBB).