Career Planning

Algoma University’s Career Centre assists students with a wide variety of career planning needs. The tools provided below are vital to gaining meaningful employment!

Self Assessment

Self-assessment is about getting to know yourself and determining your interests, values, skills, and personality.  When thinking about your assets, be honest and objective. If you are able to do that, then you will be able to share your strengths with potential employers.

To start, ask yourself:

  • What do I like to do?
  • What don’t I like to do?
  • What do I want to do?
  • What motivates me?
  • What am I good at?
  • What makes what I do worthwhile?
  • What kind of lifestyle do I want?
  • What am I like as a person?

To help you answer these questions, consider the following traits (this is not an exhaustive list):

ValuesSkillsPersonality
Flexibility
Security
Profit
Location
Helping Others
Recognition
Family
Environment
Status
Computers
Problem Solving
Interpersonal
Research
Helping Others
Negotiation
Organization
Analytical
Team Work
Communication
Dependable
Flexible
Optimistic
Confident
Cheerful
Creative
Observant
Modest
Selfless
Self-Assessment Tools

Identifying and describing your skills will be important for your self-promotion.  Try the following self-assessment tools to assist you discover your interests, skills and personality.

A career exploration tool that helps you find careers that match your interests and skills. To access, contact careeroffice@algomau.ca.

Keirsey Temperament Sorter is a 70-question personality instrument that helps individuals discover their personality type.

Rate yourself against the skills employers say are needed in today’s workplace

CAREERinsite is your one-stop guide to career planning. Everything you need to plan your work and learning is here.  Check out the Know Yourself section for self-assessment quizzes and exercises.

Labour Market Information

Now that you have completed your self-assessment, you have determined your marketable skills, interests, values, and personality.  These are the assets that you will offer to future employers, but what occupations interest you?

Labour market information helps you determine which occupations best fit your skills, interests, and values and which occupations have the best prospects.  Finding an occupation that will match these strengths will assist in your overall job satisfaction and ability to succeed.

To start your labour market research, check out the following websites:

The Algoma Workforce Investment Corporation (AWiC) is a community-based, non-profit corporation. It is one of 25 local boards in the province of Ontario, funded by the Ministry of Training Colleges and Universities (MTCU).  The volunteer board members are knowledgeable about the labour force development issues in the District of Algoma. The mandate of AWIC is to act as a catalyst for change in the Algoma District’s labour market by partnering with labour market groups in addressing training and adjustment issues.

Canada’s Economic Action Plan has been designed to keep citizens informed about the strategies in place to cope with the recession. This website includes information on the current situation in Canada and plans.

The Sault Ste. Marie Economic Development Corporation (SSMEDC) is your one-stop shop for: what you need to starting or expand your business; finding out about Sault Ste. Marie’s economic development plans, strengths and priorities; learning about what to see and do while visiting our area; and much, much more.  Subscribe to their free newsletter, The Pulse, to stay up-to-date on economic development in Sault Ste. Marie.

A web tool that provides job seekers, workers and those who are new to the Canadian labour market with the information required to make informed decisions about where to live and work.  The site can assist individuals who are searching for work or looking to make career decisions.

Information Interviews

An information interview is a one of the best ways to gather information related to potential careers and work environments.  They are short interviews conducted to gather information about a job, career field, industry or company.  An information interview helps you to make an informed decision when planning a career and is one of the most effective networking tools.  It is important to remember that an information interview is not a job interview.

There are many benefits to information interviewing, including:

  • Gathering relevant information about the realities of working within a field, industry, organization or position;
  • Discovering career paths you may not have known existed;
  • Clarifying your goals to start creating your action plan; and
  • Building and expand your network.

For more information on how to conduct a great information interview, contact the Career Services Office at careeroffice@algomau.ca.

Career Magazines

Visit the Co-op & Career Services Office for free paper copies.