Career Prep & Job Search
Career Hunting Tips
The first step in developing career goals is to assess your own personal characteristics--your skills and interests, your likes and dislikes, and your strengths and weaknesses. Than you can match your "profile" to a specific job, or career goal. You may want to identify aspects of your present and past jobs that will help you determine your career goals such as
- Traits or skills that are required.
- Aspects of the previous jobs you liked and disliked.
- Skills you have developed through education, jobs, hobbies, volunteer work, clubs, employee organizations.
- Training you've had that can be applied to future jobs.
- Specific areas of your performance appraisals that have been rated above or below satisfactory.
- Your willingness to relocate or work other than a normal work shift.
- Personal time and effort you are willing to commit to preparing for career advancement.
The following websites are full of information regarding careers, how to choose them, how to plan for a successful future.
Alberta Learning Information Service - The ALIS site contains a wealth of information about careers. Visit the site for tips on chosing a career: schooling, funding, apprenticeships, self-employment, etc.
www.youth.gc.ca - This site is a source for information about programs and services for youth at the community level and beyond. It contains over 230 programs, services and resources to help you plan your career, find work experience, get a job, and much more!
Career Tips - A great website with information specific to Canada.
Test Writing Tips
Everyone wants to be able to write tests effectively to achieve the marks they truly deserve. Writing tests can be stressful. Everyone approaches tests differently, with different strategies and skills.
Students know that they need to study and that they should probably start well in advance of the exam, but they may not actually know how to study.
When preparing for a test, give yourself time to cover the information. Cramming clogs up your short term memory, when in reality you want to store information for tests in your long term memory. Break up material into smaller chunks to review. A common mistake is trying to cram and learn new information the night before a test.
- 28 Top Tips for Exams & Tests - Includes practical tips, suggestions for improving your success on written and multiple choice exams; Speaking and Listening tips; and Examiner & Exam Myths.
- Tips for Dealing with Exam Stress
- Tips for Reducing Exam Anxiety
- Curve of Forgetting - How to make your studying time more meaningful.