If you’d like to learn more about a trade or occupation so that you can make an informed career choice, or if you’re looking for work or want to improve your current professional situation, take the time to find out about different trades and occupations.
Get to know yourself in order to make an informed choice
To find a job that's right for you, it's important to have a good grasp of your interests, strengths, needs and expectations.
For this purpose, you might find it helpful to answer the short Get to Know Yourself (PDF, 784 Ko) questionnaire.
Find out about different trades and occupations
Once you have determined your career needs and expectations, your next step should be to learn about a range of trades and occupations.
To that end, you should explore labour market information (LMI) on those trades and occupations:
- Nature of the work involved
- Main duties
- Employment requirements
- Job prospects (likelihood of finding a job)
- Required training
- Potential employers
You can find all of this information on LMI Online .
Note that internships and job shadowing are excellent ways to familiarize yourself with a job.
Trades and occupations with a promising future
When deciding on a career or changing your career path, it can be useful to narrow your choice down to trades and occupations with a promising future.
Seek advice for choosing a trade or occupation
In addition to counselling services provided by schools, you can obtain guidance and support for choosing a career from numerous organizations and online resources.
Services provided by guidance and career counsellors
The Ordre des conseillers et des conseillères d'orientation du Québec (French only) can help you find a guidance or career counsellor. The organization's website explains how its members can provide the guidance and support you need.
Employment assistance services available from local employment centres
Employment assistance services include educational counselling and career counselling. These services are available at a local employment centre (CLE) near you. Access to services is subject to certain conditions.
Career counselling, referral, reception and support services provided by school boards
School boards offer career counselling, referral, reception and support services to people living on their territories. Counsellors can help you develop and carry out your plans, whether they involve going back to school, changing careers or having your skills recognized.
Academic and career information services
Osez les études (French only) provides guidance and referral services over the telephone to help you explore a range of trades and occupations and find out what training is required. Services are free of charge and available Monday to Thursday, from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Literacy and basic-training assistance and referral services
Info-Alpha is a free telephone-based literacy assistance and referral service for adults, available Monday to Friday, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Adult education assistance and referral services
The Adult Learnline telephone service provides information on adult education courses and programs and can refer you to educational and training institutions across Québec. Its services are available free of charge, Monday to Friday, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Information on occupations, training programs, educational institutions and loans and bursaries
Repères (French only) provides information on occupations, training programs, educational institutions and loans and bursaries. There is a charge for using its services, and access is reserved for members. Most school boards, CEGEPS, universities and local employment centres (CLEs) subscribe to this service and can share information with their clients.
Last update: February 3, 2020