Career Planning

The following resources are meant to help students with the career planning process. The process is an individualized journey that takes time and effort. The StFX Student Career Services is here to help students along the journey. Students are more than welcome to contact Student Career Services with any comments or questions.

Career-Related Definitions 

Career is a lifestyle concept that involves the sequence of work, learning, and leisure activities in which one engages throughout a lifetime. Careers are unique to each person and are dynamic; unfolding throughout life. Careers include how persons balance their paid and unpaid work and personal life roles.  (S&Gs, 2012) 

Career Development is the lifelong process of managing learning, work, leisure, and transitions in order to move toward a personally determined and evolving preferred future.  (S&Gs, 2012) 

Career Exploration is the process of investigating and reflecting on self, personal contexts, learning, and work opportunities, and training and educational requirements, as a basis for making career-life choices over the lifespan.(S&Gs, 2012) 

What Can I do with My Degree?

Over the last couple of years, the SCC staff have developed handouts that will help students answer the questions what they can do with their degree. The handouts should be used as a starting point as there are many factors that play a role in career choices.

Handouts

Pathways

This document outlines the various program and majors available to students. It also provides experiential learning opportunities, competencies, employment sectors, and post-grad ideas.

Pathways (PDF, 11x 17)

 

 

 

 

 

Strong Interest Inventory

Strong is an inventory of interests. The results of the Strong can be used to help you understand work-related interests. The Strong is not a test of abilities. It will not tell you what you are good at or where your talents lie. The Strong can help with information regarding careers that reflect your interests, possible education programs, work environments you might find satisfying, and activities you might enjoy in your free time. 

The Strong is taken in conjunction with an appointment with a Career Centre staff person, who is trained to interpret the assessment and work with students to connect the results with academic and career goals.

 

The 2019-2020 fee to complete the Strong is $30.00. Strong Interest request forms can be downloaded or picked up at the Student Career Centre, 194 Schwartz. 

MBTI 

The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator ® (MBTI ®) is a versatile assessment of personality type.  It describes people’s preferences for interacting with others, gathering information, making decisions and organizing their lives. Widely used for individual, group and organizational development, the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator can help people make business, career and personal decisions.
 
The 2019-2020 fee to complete the MBTI  is $40.00. The request form can be downloaded or picked up at the Student Career Centre, 189 Schwartz. 
 

 

Careercruising.com

Careercruising.com is a comprehensive and interactive career guidance resource that provides the information you need to make informed career choices. Please contact jsmacdon@stfx.ca for your username and password.

Employability Skills (Conference Board of Canada CBOC)

The skills you need to enter, stay in, and progress in the world of work—whether you work on your own or as a part of a team.

These skills can also be applied and used beyond the workplace in a range of daily activities.

An interesting activity is to review the CBOC's competencies and reflect on experiences where you used that skill. If you notice that you do not have the skill, set a goal as to how you will develop that skill. Skills can be developed through work, volunteer, or through your coursework. 

Innovation Skills (Conference Board of Canada)

The skills you need to contribute to an organization’s innovation performance—to produce new and improved strategies, capabilities, products, process, and services.

An interesting activity is to review the CBOC's competencies and reflect on experiences where you used that skill. If you notice that you do not have the skill, set a goal as to how you will develop that skill. Skills can be developed through work, volunteer, or through your coursework. 

Commercialization Skills (Conference Board of Canada) 

The skills, attitudes, and behaviours you need to bring a new or improved product, process, or service to market and to maximize its value. 

An interesting activity is to review the CBOC's competencies and reflect on experiences where you used that skill. If you notice that you do not have the skill, set a goal as to how you will develop that skill. Skills can be developed through work, volunteer, or through your coursework. 

Career Readiness Competencies (NACE)

In accordance with its mission to lead the community focused on the employment of the new college graduate, the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), through a task force comprised of representatives from both the higher education and corporate sides, has developed a definition and identified competencies associated with career readiness for the new college graduate.

An interesting activity is to review NACE's competencies and reflect on experiences where you used that skill. If you notice that you do not have the skill, set a goal as to how you will develop that skill. Skills can be developed through work, volunteer, or through your coursework.