Navigating Your Career
Reflecting on your strengths, interests, skills and experience is a great first step in your personal career development. Revisiting these assessments every few years can also give insight into how you are growing as a professional.
- Start with our free Career Self Reflection Guide
- My CareerSkills Toolkit - Originally designed for UCalgary graduate students, this tool is a fabulous resource for Career Development. The four stages; Know Yourself, Explore Options, Get Focused and Take Action provide tips and information that can help any individual navigate their career path.
- CliftonStrengths - discover a complete profile of your strengths
- ITP Metrics – Gain insight about your personality at work. We recommend the Personality, Conflict Styles, or Peer Feedback assessments.
- 16 Personalities – a free tool to help you dive deeper into your personality
- CareerLeader – a business career self-assessment to uncover your potential interests, motivators and skills. Note: UCalgary employees are entitled to a discount. Enter: ucalgary-ALUMNI in the Discount Code field then click APPLY DISCOUNT.
- What Color Is Your Parachute? Discover your strengths, explore your career options, and chart a path through the world of work with eParachute.
- Managing your Career – Create a career profile that charts your future growth.
- Disrupt Yourself – Discover a seven-step model to move to the next place in your career.
TED Talk – How to find and do work you love
Build Your Skills
Building the knowledge, skills, and experiences you need to make the next move in your career starts with making a plan.
- Create your own Career Action Plan
- Development Planning – How to write professional development goals that work (Connect to Perform Learning Series)
- Career Conversations – Discover an approach or employees and their managers to talk about career development (Connect to Perform Learning Series)
- UNavigate: Employee's Guide to Career Development - Learn the four steps to effective career conversations and career development foundation and practices
- Whether you want to deepen your knowledge within your field or start exploring something completely new, LinkedIn Learning offers tailored learning paths to get the skills you need for the job you want.
- TED Talk – Why some of us don’t have one true calling
- Training and Development – Explore the programs offered at the university to help you build your skills.
- Tuition Support – Through the university’s tuition support benefit, employees can pursue academic and continuing education courses
Finding Your Next Opportunity
Learn about current opportunities at UCalgary and get ready to nail your next interview.
TED Talks to help you find the right job
You want work that makes you feel happy, challenged — and appreciated. These talks might help you find that elusive combination, as you define your working life on your own terms.
Simply put, a pivot is a shift in direction but a pivot cannot be achieved successfully unless you have a strong foundation. Consider that foundation to be a blend of your values, accumulated experiences and achievements, providing balance and strength as you move into a new area. When you pivot in your career, you are not throwing away what you have accumulated in skills and experiences – they are the foundations that help you shift in a new direction.
Networking plays an important role in your career development. Good news: it’s not all about mixing and mingling at trade shows.
Support and Counselling
- Are you a UCalgary Alumni? Visit the Alumni website to discover what career support is available for you!
- LifeWorks Employee and Family Assistance Plan – Did you know that our Employee and Family Assistance Provider offers career counselling?
- Canada Career Counselling