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Generate Possibilities

Discover New Career Options!

Find options you never thought of by exploring a broad range of careers. Use these resources to identify a variety of career possibilities.

Resource What is it? Using it to Generate Possibilities
National Occupational Classification The NOC is Canada's official career dictionary, with 40,000+ job titles organized into 500 occupational description clusters.
The coding system groups occupations with similar skill types and education/training levels.
  • Choose a category then browse career clusters to explore different occupations.
  • If you have a few ideas in mind, search the NOC to find them, then explore related occupations.
  • When reading occupational descriptions, get more ideas by looking in View All Job Titles & Classified Elsewhere.
Idea Generator Brief quiz asks about your career preferences then tallies up your interest codes and lists Sheridan programs which may reflect them.
  • Look at your higher interest code scores; compare with Programs at Sheridan list.
  • If scores are close, look up different variations of codes.
Ontario Job Futures Job profiles and employment patterns for 190 occupation clusters common to Ontario.
  • Select drop-down menu from Job by Category tab to browse broad interest groupings.
OCC Info Profiles on 500+ occupations. Part of the Alberta Learning Information Service but most info applies Canada-wide.
  • Search by Subject to browse careers by general high school or post-secondary interest areas.
  • Search by Industry to browse careers by various work sectors.
  • Search by NOC Code to browse careers by skill/interest category.
Work Preferences Quiz Part of Service Canada's Career Navigator quizzes, requires registration for first-time use (free).
  • Do the Work Preferences Quiz to get options related to your interests.
  • Results are directly linked to the career dictionary (NOC).
Career Cruising Canadian site with detailed information profiles on hundreds of careers, including multimedia interviews with people doing those careers.
  • Do Career Matchmaker to get suggestions based on your interests. Answer all 116 questions for most accurate results.
  • Click Careers button to access several ways to search & browse career options.
  • When reading a career profile, always click on Related Careers to see more ideas!
Second Career Second Career provides laid-off workers with skills training to help them find jobs in high-demand occupations in Ontario and a cost-sharing grant provided on the basis of need.

In addition to Career QuickTips, you may also want to:

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Notice to Users: This page has been developed by a Career Counsellor to offer self-directed resources but it is not intended to provide comprehensive advice, or to replace professional guidance.