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Love, Actually? Finding Your Career Path, Staying Committed, & Evolving Together

Everyone wants to graduate, find a job they love, excel at it, and retire by the mountains or a beach somewhere – right!? Truthfully, finding what you’re passionate about and solidifying your job ‘relationship status‘, like any dynamic, has ups-and-downs. It’s a never-ending journey for most.

Whether you’re still studying or a recent graduate, finding the right job match takes work. Traditional career paths start with studying in school, well, pretty much the entirety of your early life, while simultaneously weeding out what does and doesn’t interest or motivate you. Before long, you hope to know what you’re passionate about, really good at, or at least, just all the things that you aren’t good at – so you can avoid pursuing those ‘things’. It’s always nice to hear people say that they ‘just knew’ what job was right for them but honestly, it’s extremely rare (and did they, really!?!??). Uncovering the path forward takes trying different things, applying what you’ve learned, and sometimes working for less money than you’d hoped for. Experience gives you the wisdom needed to acquire leadership abilities – valuable to both you and your future teammates. In short, finding your career path requires commitment – to yourself, the role, your employer, and the vision you hold for your future. It sounds cliché but sometimes those darn clichés are with good reason.

When landing a job, it’s likewise important to note that no role will stay exactly linear forever and what’s expected of you will change with the aims of the company you’re working for. Just like any relationship, the natural forces of time and extraneous changes, often beyond your control, influence how a role and expectations evolve. Openness to those changes and your natural agility factors into success or failure. Any employment is really just an agreement by yourself and your employer to contribute, evolve, and work together to overcome challenges. In fact, according to Harvard Business Review, the main reason employees stay can be referenced as one simple word: ‘inertia.’ ‘Intertia,’ in this context, means that employees will stay unless forces cause them to leave. This makes sense and feels obvious, right? You can read about those forces here.

Sparking ‘love actually’ with any role or career path is an interplay between self-awareness, dedication to honing your craft, how you overcome and adapt to challenges and change, and, really, how ‘married’ you are to the industry you’ve chosen and position you’ve landed. Key among deciding factors to career satisfaction remains access to opportunities to hone and develop your skills and gain employment – this way you can discover if what you’re pursuing is actually aligned with who you are and what you believe in.

OCC has internships, work placements, research projects, work-integrated learning opportunities, and full or part-time (remote and eventually, in-office) roles available for university and college students across Canada. Our platform is built to give you the experience you need to understand what you’re good at, the skills you bring to any organization, and access to job opportunities from employers, nationwide, specifically seeking student or recent graduate talent.


In the spirit of Valentine’s Day, here are 10 roles on our platform from social enterprises or do-good companies that ‘spread love.’

 

  1. Summer interns, BHER , Business & Higher Education Roundtable
  2. Human Resources Generalist, Hands, The Family Help Network
  3. Employment Services Supervisor, Yonge Street Mission
  4. Part-time Group Service Workers, Geneva Centre for Autism
  5. Office Administration, SSS Immigration Services
  6. Registered Nurse, Scarborough Health Network
  7. Nurse for Children’s Camp, Camp New Moon
  8. Registered Practical Nurse, St. Joseph’s Care Group
  9. Community Advisor, Acorn Canada
  10. Correspondent Internship, The Organization for World Peace

 

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