Navigating Your Career

Know Yourself

Reflecting on your strengths, interests, skills and experience is a great first step in your personal career development. Revisiting these assessments every few years can also give insight into how you are growing as a professional.

  • Start with our free Career Self Reflection Guide
  • My CareerSkills Toolkit - Originally designed for UCalgary graduate students, this tool is a fabulous resource for Career Development.  The four stages;  Know Yourself, Explore Options, Get Focused and Take Action provide tips and information that can help any individual navigate their career path.
  • CliftonStrengths - discover a complete profile of your strengths
  • ITP Metrics – Gain insight about your personality at work. We recommend the Personality, Conflict Styles, or Peer Feedback assessments.
  • 16 Personalities – a free tool to help you dive deeper into your personality
  • CareerLeader – a business career self-assessment to uncover your potential interests, motivators and skills. Note: UCalgary employees are entitled to a discount. Enter: ucalgary-ALUMNI in the Discount Code field then click APPLY DISCOUNT.
  • What Color Is Your Parachute? Discover your strengths, explore your career options, and chart a path through the world of work with eParachute.

Build Your Skills

Building the knowledge, skills, and experiences you need to make the next move in your career starts with making a plan.

  • Learning and Development – Explore the programs offered at the university to help you build your skills.
  • Tuition Support – Through the university’s tuition support benefit, employees can pursue academic and continuing education courses

Finding Your Next Opportunity

Learn about current opportunities at UCalgary and get ready to nail your next interview.

TED Talks to help you find the right job

You want work that makes you feel happy, challenged — and appreciated. These talks might help you find that elusive combination, as you define your working life on your own terms.

Simply put, a pivot is a shift in direction but a pivot cannot be achieved successfully unless you have a strong foundation. Consider that foundation to be a blend of your values, accumulated experiences and achievements, providing balance and strength as you move into a new area. When you pivot in your career, you are not throwing away what you have accumulated in skills and experiences – they are the foundations that help you shift in a new direction.


Networking plays an important role in your career development. Good news: it’s not all about mixing and mingling at trade shows. 

Support and Counselling