Career counselling

Career decisions can be tough. If you are a registered student, career counselling is available to help you explore your academic and career goals. During your career counselling appointment, we can discuss your career questions and provide resources to assist in your ongoing research.


Career counselling topics may include:

  • Learning about the process of career planning and how to start
  • Exploring and understanding yourself in relation to career goals. More specifically, this could be:
    • Learning about your interests, skills, and values
    • Understanding barriers to achieving career goals if you are feeling stuck
    • Discussing suitability and fit in regards to your program or career goals, as well as mid-career transitions
    • Decision-making strategies
  • Providing resources for researching career options and post-secondary programs


Counselling vs. Career Centre vs. Academic Advising
Where should I go for help?

Here are some examples of questions or concerns to help you decide which service to use:

Counselling (located in Student Services)

  • I don’t know what career to choose
  • I want to go back to school but I’m not sure which field would be best for me
  • I’m not sure if I’m making good choices for my future
  • I need help with decision making about my future life goals
  • I can’t handle my course load and I’m worried I will not be successful
  • I get very anxious about taking tests and can’t remember anything
  • I’m feeling really down and unmotivated
  • I’m not sleeping and have no appetite
  • I’m having problems at home that are affecting my studies
  • I’ve missed a lot of classes because I’ve been sick. What are my options to catch up?
  • I’m on Academic Probation and now I’m blocked from registering for my classes
  • I need help with a petition to ask for a refund/late withdrawal

If this service seems right for you, contact Student Services to book an appointment.

Career Coaching (located in the Career Centre)

  • I need help finding a job
  • I need more information on a specific career, such as job prospects or what to expect in a certain occupation
  • I need help in practicing interview skills
  • I need help with writing a resume and/or cover letter to apply for jobs
  • I want to learn more about how to network to make connections with potential employers and advance my career
  • I want to know what career options I have with my degree or diploma
  • I need resources on researching job options
  • I want to know what kind of skills I need to get into my career
  • I need help setting up a LinkedIn account
  • I want to learn more about workplace culture and communications
  • I want to learn about career development
  • I want to meet with potential employers through recruiting, networking, and job fairs
  • I want to learn more about getting a co-op job
  • I need help starting out in my career
  • I want to meet with someone in my industry to learn more and don't know how to get started

If this service seems right for you, log in to CareerHUB to book an appointment, register for a workshop, or review our resources.

Academic Advising (located in the Office of the Registrar)

  • What are the college or program admission requirements?
  • I want to apply to a Douglas College program but don’t know how to get started
  • I’m not sure how I can complete the prerequisites requirements for a program or course
  • I know which career I’d like, but don’t know which program I should pursue
  • I need to drop a course and would like to revise my educational plan
  • Can I transfer the courses I take at Douglas to other institutions?
  • What assessment tests will I need to do to get into a program/course?
  • I don’t know what courses I need to take to graduate from my program or to transfer to another institution
  • I am having trouble registering for a course
  • I don’t understand Douglas College policies

If this service seems right for you, Academic Advising is offered at select times each day of the week.


Student Career Explorations Workshops

We also offer a free career exploration group workshop for current Douglas College students during the Fall and Winter semesters. Generally we offer two workshops, one at the New Westminster campus and one at the Coquitlam campus. These workshops run for two to three sessions, and focus on learning about ourselves in relation to career choice, discussing resources for researching career options, and learning about career decision making.

Fall 2020 Career Workshops info:

  • Stay tuned for dates and times for virtual workshops.
  • If interested, please register by calling our receptionists at 604-527-5486 (New West), or 604-777-6185 (Coquitlam)
  • Contact us to find out more.


Human Development

More detailed career planning is offered (usually in Fall and Winter semesters) through our one semester credit course HUMD 1130


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