is my pleasure to welcome you to Your Career Planner, a very special
web site that I have designed as a public education service for students
of all ages who are struggling with questions about their future.
Without a doubt,
putting together Your Career
Planner as an educational resource for my free public service Career Planning
perhaps one of the most satisfying things I have done in my life-long
career as a professional educator. As a member of the Ontario College of
Teachers, I belong to an association of over 250,000 people who are
committed to the highest of ethical and moral responsibilities to the young
people of this province. Your Career Planner is my personal mission...to provide a web
site that you can turn to when you need guidance and advice, or just
time for quiet reflection with
respect to your own or a loved one's education or career development.
If you fall into one of the categories below,
this site has been designed specifically for you:
current students in elementary and secondary
current students in post-secondary education
recent graduates of secondary and post-secondary
people who would like to change careers -
regardless of your age;
people who are not happy with the career they are
in right now;
people who are unemployed;
people who are underemployed;
retirees looking for a new career;
people who did not complete high school;
anyone else interested in a better future!
In other words, Your Career Planner has been created for
every single person who is interested in either beginning a new career or
who is seeking self-improvement regardless of what is going on in your life right now!
From the day we take our first breath on this earth
until we breathe our last, we are continually evolving as individuals.
This continuous evolution means that our interests, our goals and our
needs are constantly changing. Our careers and our activities are also
continuously changing in response to our individual evolution.
It is my hope that Your Career Planner will help you
develop a strategic plan of action that should help you get started in a
satisfying and rewarding career that is appropriate to whatever stage of
life at which you find your self today - and tomorrow!
As you explore the site, you will discover the
importance of doing thorough research about your academic and employment
future. For students in elementary and secondary school settings right
now, the choices you are about to make in the next several years can
be made with confidence if you take the opportunity to carefully weigh
all of the options.
Your Career Planner contains many elements that you will find
extremely valuable when the time comes to make those serious choices
about your post-secondary education and subsequent career paths. With
over 70% of all jobs available today requiring some sort of
post-secondary training, it is imperative that everyone have a clear
plan of action which will allow them to achieve their personal career
I certainly hope you find the information contained
throughout this web site to be useful and thought provoking. You won't
find all of the answers in Your Career Planner. As a matter of fact, I actually
hope you leave Your Career Planner with more questions than when you arrived.
As long as you are searching for answers and asking yourself questions,
I know you will succeed in your chosen career.
I also welcome parents who wish to take the time to
look through this site. You will soon discover an underlying philosophy
in just about everything you read here. It is my firm belief that we are
all students of life and that we can all benefit from a career plan, no
matter what stage of life in which we may find ourselves. Even people in
their mid-sixties are getting qualified and trained to begin new and
exciting careers. The advice you find on this web site can be useful for
THE RIGHT CAREER
THE RIGHT SCHOOL
FOLLOWING THE RIGHT PLAN
WHAT KIND OF CAREER IS RIGHT
CHOOSING THE RIGHT CAREER is one of the hardest
challenges a young person will ever face. After all, how can you
decide what you want to do with the rest of your life when you are
still in high school? And yet, it is extremely important that you
establish your career goals and targets as soon as possible so that
you can make take the proper steps to get started in your chosen
career. Click on the photo to the right and we will show you how to
make sure that the choice you make is the right one.
WHAT KIND OF EDUCATION DO YOU
REQUIRE TO GET INTO YOUR CHOSEN CAREER?
CHOOSING THE RIGHT SCHOOL is a matter of doing all of
the proper research in advance so that your final choice will have
the best chance of getting you started in your chosen career. Once
you decide on a career goal, you will be in a better position to
select your school. Click on the photo to the left for more detailed
information that will help you select the right school for your
ONCE YOU HAVE YOUR EDUCATION AND
TRAINING, HOW WILL YOU GET STARTED IN YOUR CHOSEN CAREER?
you have made a decision about the career goals and you have chosen the
post-secondary school which will train and qualify you for that career,
the most important thing left for you to do is develop THE RIGHT PLAN so
that you have the best chance of getting started in your career after you
graduate. Many people focus entirely on the first two tasks, thereby
coming up with a great career goal and enrolling in a wonderful school.
Once they graduate they soon discover that if they haven't been following
a carefully crafted plan which includes the right networking, volunteering
and communication strategies, they are left out in the cold with a diploma
and nowhere to go. Click on the diagram to the right and we will show you
how to develop a plan which will get you started in your career.
Your Career Planner Is A Free Public Education Service
Robert Kirwan, B.A. (Math), M.A. (Education)
Independent Education & Career Planning Coach
Member of the Ontario College of Teachers
His office is located at 4456 Noel Crescent, Val Therese,
Ontario P3P 1S8