What’s the best career for me?
Today’s guest for our “Professionals Speak” interview is Lucky Kalsi from the Career
Centre at the University of Toronto. Lucky is a Career Counsellor at the Career Centre
and prior to joining the University worked as a social worker and a health care
professional. Today we are going to briefly address the topic: “What’s the Best Career for
So Lucky, in your opinion, do most students know what careers they want to do
before they come to university?
Based on my experience of working with many students as well as a recent online poll
that we did here at the Career Centre, the majority of students don’t know what careers
they want to pursue before they come to university. I would say about 80 to 90% of
students fall into this category.
So when I see students that are in this situation, I do share that information with them and
they are often relieved to hear that they are not alone and that this is a normal experience
So once they hear that it is normal and it is a process, they are much more open to the
idea that if it’s a process, then there must be steps to navigate that process. So their
thinking then does start to change from “I don’t know what I want to do” to “What can I
So many students come to university, they don’t necessarily have to know what they
want to do; it is probably during that time that they can fine tune some of their
interests, that is good for them to know. So how then does a student decide if I don’t
know what I want to do? How then do I go about finding out what is the career that
would be right for me?
Well, I find that most students have that knowledge stored somewhere within them and
we just have to help them bring it about. So one of the places that I would recommend
that, you know, students can start is to really start thinking about what are the best
qualities about themselves that they want to use in the work that they might be interested
in. So I would encourage them to start thinking abou