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Ottawa Career Counselling

A man undergoes career counselling at Capital Choice Counselling

Career Counselling Services

Everyone goes through periods where they aren’t sure what to do with their lives. In fact, these days, most people change careers several times. This is most certainly true in Ottawa, where people often move from public to private sectors regularly.

But in transitions like this, it is often helpful to have someone to talk to about your goals, your aspirations, and your feelings about your current job. That’s why it’s important to talk to our Ottawa counsellors and receive career counselling. It will help you figure out what is next for your career.

Career counselling is especially important if you’re in a position where you’re thinking of moving fields. Making a career pivot is no easy task and can often have dire consequences if you aren’t fully prepared with a plan.

It’s also crucial if you’re young and just getting ready to move out of university or college into the working world. Getting into the workforce in your field of study straight out of school is a struggle that we commonly see among young people these days.

Counsellors Specializing in Career Counselling

Ottawa Career Counselling Can Help

Four happy individuals after completing career counselling Perhaps your son or daughter is having difficulty narrowing down their pursuits. If you’re worried about your child’s future, getting them to a career counsellor can be the smartest thing to do.

Most of the time, when people leave our Ottawa career counsellors, they feel more confident about their jobs or their job prospects, are more motivated to land their dream job or excel in their current workplace, and have a new sense of purpose and direction.

Our career counsellors use a variety of tests, including personality and aptitude tests, to determine where you’d be happiest working.

But as with all therapy, the final choice is ultimately yours. What our counsellors do is lay out a number of options, based on our evaluations of you. This will help you make career decisions more easily, and with more confidence.

The Benefits of  Career Counselling

a career counsellor working with a young man to evaluate his career optionsA common question that we get asked is “what are the benefits of career counselling?”. Some of the main benefits that a career counsellor can offer are:

Determining Your Interests, Strengths, & Values – A career counsellor is equipped with the experience, tools, and training to determine your strengths and weaknesses. With that information, they can help match your unique skillset and personality to an appropriate career choice that might appeal to you or suit you.

Setting Goals & Direction – Once your unique skillset and interests are identified, it makes the process of evaluating options and career choices much more efficient and effective. Knowing what you have to offer and what you’re looking for, a career counsellor can help set realistic and achievable goals.

Understanding the Working World – If you’re changing careers or are new to getting a job, it can be a bit overwhelming navigating the professional working world. Career counselling can help broaden your perspective, give you the lay of the land, and help you focus on careers that are good prospects based on the needs of the ever-changing economy.

On top of these important benefits, a career counsellor will act as a supportive and objective guide that can help you make decisions throughout your career. As your Ottawa career counselling experts, our job is to add perspective to your thinking about your career choices and options. We’re here to help throughout every step of your career.

Is career counselling for me?

  • I just lost my job or quit
  • I’m currently thinking about a new career
  • I dislike my current job
  • I’m unsure what courses to take in college or university
  • I just graduated from college or university, but I can’t find a job in my field
  • I keep getting overlooked for a promotion


If the above statements ring true to you, we can help. Contact one of our Ottawa counsellors using the tool to the right.


Workplace counselling services are often covered by your health insurance plan. Check with your provider to see if our career counselling services are covered.


Related Therapies

Management Assistance Program

Dealing with Difficult People

Workplace Stress

Frequently Asked Questions

Workplace counselling helps to make the workplace a more positive environment. It helps employees release stress and negativity, and teaches them to think more positively about work, and understand the importance of teamwork.
Career counselling is a type of support that can help you better understand yourself, your interests, your strengths and weaknesses, and what type of career might be suited for you. It’s much more than just deciding what type of job would appeal to you. A career counsellor can work as a guide to help you excel and thrive in your career throughout your entire life.
There are a few things you can do to prepare for your first career counselling appointment:
  • - Think about your career challenges and your personal needs.
  • - Think about your strengths and weaknesses.
  • - If you currently have a job, think about what you like and don’t like about it.
  • - Think about your past and present career goals.
  • - Look over your resume and bring it to your appointment.
Be prepared to discuss all of these things with your counsellor during your appointment.
There are a number of questions you could ask a career counsellor which they can provide help for. Here are the top five most common, and effective questions to ask your counsellor.
  • - How can I benefit more from my strengths?
  • - What kinds of career options do I have for my level of education, experience, or skillset?
  • - How can I be more effective at networking?
  • - Can you give me feedback on my resume or CV?
  • - What should I do next to reach my career goals?
Yes. All of our counselling services (not just workplace counselling) is completely confidential. Even if your employer recommended you to us for workplace counselling and wants to know what happens during our sessions, they will not be allowed access to that information.
Anyone and everyone. If you’re a recent university or college graduate, or if you’ve been in the workforce for 20-30 years, everyone can benefit from working with a career counsellor. The goal is to help find you a career that aligns with your interests and goals and to help you continue to grow throughout your professional career.
Career counselling can be beneficial for just about anyone throughout any point of their life. Someone specific instances in which individuals might benefit the most from career counselling include:
  • - If You’re Choosing a University or College Major
  • - If You’re in a Job That Doesn’t Quite Fit for You
  • - If You’re Looking for More Meaning & Satisfaction in Your Career
  • - If You’re Considering Changing Careers
  • - If You’ve Just Finished School & Are Looking to Start a Career

Areas We Serve

  • Kanata
  • Nepean
  • Orleans
  • Downtown
  • South Keys