Career exploration

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If you have questions about your future or you don’t exactly know what you want to do with your life, that's not only ok, it’s normal. The key thing to do is explore your potential. Be curious, try something new whenever you get the chance, and begin to work out what you need to do to get the career you want.

Every day as a BCom student you’ll have opportunities to understand yourself, determine what you’re good at, and recognize what you’re passionate about. Your professors and peers at the UBC Sauder School of Business will challenge you to learn new things and develop talents you never thought you had. And the Hari B. Varshney Business Career Centre (BCC) will help you match them to a world of career opportunities.

With increased awareness about yourself and the world, you can refine your aspirations and priorities.

There are plenty of things about your career that you can’t control. But you can choose your attitude, and how open-minded, adaptable, and positive you are. You can choose how much effort you put into studying, networking, and researching fields of interest. And you can choose to take full advantage of the incredible network of industry professionals, academics and colleagues that UBC Sauder and BCC connect you with.

Build professional relationships; reflect on your school experiences. This will make the all-important task of telling your story to others that much easier.

The process of finding a career is ongoing; the world continues to change, and you will continue to adapt, evaluate, and respond.

Finding a career won’t happen overnight. It takes time and will likely unfold as an organic, non-linear evolution. You’ll come to know yourself (through action and ongoing reflection), learn about the world of work (through research and interaction), make choices, and pursue options. Pretty soon you’ll begin to find opportunities that match your talents.

Ask yourself what you want

At the heart of career exploration is finding out what you want. This can involve a lot of self-reflection, and you’ll need to ask yourself lots of questions. We’ve created a Self-Assessment questionnaire to help you through this process.

Start your self-assessment now  

Explore your interests

Take advantage of the many workshops and information sessions available to you.

Take action

Nobody ever achieved anything without taking action. When it comes to developing a career, the same rule applies. Here are some things you can do to get started.

Get some expert advice

Explore the BCom options

Learn about companies, industries and career options

Try different career options and work environments

Explore different employment markets

  • Apply to participate in a UBC SauderGo, a unique opportunity to travel to different job markets, meet with employers and alumni and explore the opportunities available outside of Vancouver.

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