Career Exploration for Teens
Most teenagers have no clue what career or profession they want to pursue. This is understandable given that
it is virtually impossible to have your life figured out at this age. Often parents and guidance counsellors
don't have the training to direct adolescents down the right path. In fact, sometimes parents are worried about
pressuring their children too much and therefore do not give adequate guidance. Sometimes they may not see
that their child has other career potentials and inadvertantly discourage them from pursuing a certain type of
vocational training or field of study.
This is why we offer a cost-effective screening measure for adolescents and young adults interested
in determining their possible career interests and vocational goals. Having a career exploration consultation
may also aid parents in determining how to plan and support their child's vocational goals.
Career Management Services
Clients are helped to develop a specific and strategic action-plan to find an appropriate career fit, assess current labour market conditions
and future job
projections, and identify a viable and concrete course of action to pursue in order to successfully procure employment.
Methods of counselling and assistance include:
- Career Counselling/Vocational Guidance
- Customized Job Search Methods
- Job Sector Identification
- Labour Market Research in client's work region
- Portfolio Development
- Resume Assistance
- Interview Preparation
- Employer Identification
- Social Capital Development
A vocational evaluation is a comprehensive, systematic process to identify and assess the vocational interests, abilities, strengths,
weaknesses, aptitudes, and functional limitations relative to the client's preferred rehabilitation goals or employment outcome.
A vocational evaluation is an educational process in which the client obtains greater self and work knowledge. They identify transferable skills,
vocational potential, and reasonable accommodations or assistive technology to remove barriers to employment. Defining occupational areas
of interest empowers the individual and establishes a greater degree of confidence in career decision-making.
The outcome is a comprehensive vocational evaluation report that is used for further rehabilitation planning towards successful and
sustained employment outcomes. Between 3 to 5 concrete vocational options are identified along with labour market information and wage
expectations. The report also recommends services to enhance the client's ability to fully achieve his or her individual rehabilitation goals,
and maximize employment potential.
A psychovocational evaluation is a comprehensive assessment that expands upon a vocational assessment by also
addressing the psychological, emotional, behavioural, psychiatric, and cognitive components that affect a client's work relted
capacities and adaptive functioning.
Transferable Skills Analysis
Transferable skills are those occupationally relevant characteristics not directly affected nor eliminated by the individual's physical, cognitive,
or emotional impairment. Transferable skills are learned work behaviours which may be usable in more than one occupation. The purpose
of a transferable skills analysis is to identify what skills an individual possesses, which can be re-deployed in jobs other than those previously
The outcome is a detailed transferable skills analysis report that is used for further vocational exploration and planning. Between 3 to 5
concrete vocational options are identified along with labour market information and wage expectations. The report also recommends
websites and provides resources that will allow the client to fully achieve his or her rehabilitation goals and maximize employment potential.
Labour Market Research & Surveys
A labour market survey is a detailed search into local labour market trends, the hiring criteria of specific employers, and salary ranges
offered in a variety of employment sectors. A labour market survey provides a realistic view of an employment goal, identifies job requirements
for hiring, and leads to concrete steps to attain employment. This process typically results in a minimum of 10 direct employer interviews.
Job Search Training
Job search training involves a customized job searching action-plan tailored to the client's vocational objectives. It assists clients who have
reached their job preparation objectives yet may have certain restrictions but are seeking to return to work. Clients who have been out of the
job search process or have a gap in their employment history due to a disability will benefit from an update of current job searching techniques and
employer expectations. Clients will be connected to employment services and resources within their region and/or community for continued support.
Psychological & Counselling Offices in Pickering, Ajax, Whitby, Oshawa,
Scarborough, Toronto, North York, Mississauga, Etobicoke, Brampton, Dundas, Hamilton, Burlington, Oakville, Bradford, Stoney Creek, Paris, Markham, Richmond Hill, Stouffville, Aurora, Cobourg,
Belleville, and Niagara-on-the-Lake. Assessment services provided in the regional municipalities of Durham,
Metro Toronto, York, Peel, Hamilton, St. Catherines, Bruce, Simcoe, Hastings, and the Kawarthas, Ontario