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Looking ahead



Today I spoke to a client who has been in the military for nearly 25 years. He has a couple of ideas about what he would like to do next, and he is preparing to move into the civilian job market within the next 18-24 months. He is in an ideal position of not having to rush into something he doesn’t want, and he hasn’t been laid off or downsized as an introduction to a job search. Yeah! I love working with this kind of client!

Since he lives in a different province from me and is planning to stay there, I figured I should check out some career information for his area. This was interesting because some regions have done a great job and others a less than great job when it comes to creating local career websites. Alberta – one of my favourite career sites at http://www.alis.gov.ab.ca, has over 500 occupational profiles, and Manitoba and British Columbia each have about 200. If you are looking at one of the profiled occupations, the benefit to going local is that the information is pertinent and current. They often also include a section about the future of those jobs in that particular market (a rough indication of how many folks they will hire in the next five years is a common example), provide information about where to take courses, as well as average salaries.

If you are looking for good, regional information about your area, search for any of these terms with the region that you live in. In my area I’d put in something like Nova Scotia labour market information. Other helpful terms are:

  • occupational profiles
  • job futures
  • work info net

Check it out and let me know what you find. If you need help, let me know. Good luck!

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