Help Students/Clients Find What They Want By Looking Elsewhere

  • Heather Powell

    June 15, 2023 at 11:48 am

    I found this article very interesting!

    Currently, Career Advisors at the University of Guelph have adopted a similar technique when engaging in career exploration conversations with post-secondary students. They refer to it as the “challenge approach”.

    Similar to the “exploratory job search strategy”, the “challenge approach” focuses on the skills that students have been developing and where they can be utilized in various industries to take on challenges. This could be handling payroll for a large or small company, developing a better understanding of plant life in Ontario, or finding a better way to build and construct bridges.

    Moving away from traditional labour market research techniques such as identifying the job and working backward, and incorporating a skill, interest, or challenging base technique, can be useful and beneficial when working with clients from any age group.

    Career Development Professionals should be familiar with a variety of advising techniques and utilize the ones that will help the client explore what careers or challenges, would be best suited for them!

  • Fiona Fairley

    June 15, 2023 at 5:37 pm

    I also find this approach interesting. It is more productive to start with a skills inventory and then identify challenges facing certain industries that those skills could help to address. Then jobseekers could look at companies hiring within those industries and seek connections with them. Then, when a posting does arise, they will already have a foot in the door. This proactive approach is preferable to scouring endless online job boards for postings and trying to fit the criteria. Thank you, Heather!

    • Heather Powell

      June 16, 2023 at 1:03 pm

      Hi Fiona. I am glad you found this article useful as well and I agree! It sounds like a much more effective return on investment for a job seeker’s time!


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