Exploring Your Options

Good career decisions require good information—about your personal traits and preferences and about the world of work. Now that you have completed the self-exploration activities and identified some career alternatives it's time to gather information about the world of work. Information about jobs, occupations and employment prospects is called labour market information (LMI).

LMI can be found everywhere; Government departments, sector councils, newspapers and professional associations publish great information. To help you start exploring we've compiled information for you on approximately two hundred occupations. Thousands more exist! To explore education and training options we've put together a listing of several different training institutions. Be creative when thinking about potential career and educational options. And be curious! Remember—good research can lead to more satisfying career decisions!

View the questions below to see if this section is really for you. This section will help you better understand the labour market – job descriptions, educational requirements, employment requirements, wages, trends and outlooks. 1

Is this section really for you?

  • I know where to look for information on occupations? No------ Sort of ------ Yes
  • I know what pieces of information are important to making a career decision? No------ Sort of ------ Yes
  • I know websites that have the occupational information I need and I can find that information on the sites? No------ Sort of ------ Yes
  • I know how to use my network of family and friends for information? No------ Sort of ------ Yes
  • I know how to find employers and working professionals to interview for information on occupations? No------ Sort of ------ Yes
  • I know the occupation I want to pursue and am ready to make an action plan to achieve this goal? No------ Sort of ------ Yes

*If you did not answer a full yes to one or more of these questions completing one or more of the activities in this section could be useful to you. If you answered yes to all you may wish to move to the section on Making Decisions.

Occupational Research:

Use the Career Research Worksheet found on page 27 of A Guide to Planning Your Career (Manitoba Career Development) to document your occupational research. We recommend you research at least three to four career alternatives that interest you. Gathering and reflecting on this information will help you to feel confident in making a well-informed decision.

Personal contacts are also extremely valuable, often providing "up-close and personal" views of occupations. Once you have narrowed down your career options consider using mentoring and job shadowing programs to gain additional information to help guide your decision. Checkout the Career Mentor Program to connect with industry professionals for informational interviews that will help you formulate your career plans. Career Mentors share information about their occupations and offer practical, timely career advice. Use the interview notes worksheet on page 48 of the Canadian Career Development Foundation Career Decision-Making Guide to document your findings.

1Canadian Career Development Foundation Career Planning Guide 


Additional resources for:
- Indigenous Students
- International Students

Career Planning Steps:
- Knowing Yourself
- Exploring Your Options
- Making Decisions
- Setting Goals
- Implementing Your Plan

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