Is post-secondary education on the horizon? If you or your child are thinking about post-secondary, you want to make sure that a job will be lined up once the program is complete. But if the thought of sitting at a desk all day doesn’t appeal to you, you’re not alone. There are plenty of hands-on and adventurous career paths that you may not have known!

Whether it’s time to make a change or you’re just entering the job market, here are some exciting jobs to consider.

For water enthusiasts

If you can’t get enough of the great outdoors, a career with the Canadian Coast Guard is an excellent option. Jobs in this organization save lives, protect the environment and help our economy grow. For those interested in marine safety and environmental protection, the Canadian Coast Guard College offers students unique and specialized training with the opportunity to work in one of its twelve locations. Not only can you gain continued employment with the coast guard once you complete the program, but you’ll also receive a fully paid education, along with residence-style living quarters and meals.

For born helpers

If you love helping people and have a cool head in an emergency, you may be destined to work in healthcare! 

Paramedics are essential workers in demand across Canada, working under pressure and offering assistance to others when they need it most. They also spend a lot of time on their feet in different environments and are usually part of a union with strong benefits.

As our population continues to age, demand is increasing for people who can help older folks stay in their homes longer and offer support at retirement and long-term care residences. A career as a Personal Support Worker (PSW) makes a meaningful difference in people’s lives and is vital during a pandemic.

For hands-on learners

In recent years, skilled trades have become a coveted career path—the pay is good, the need in society is high, and the path to a permanent position after an apprenticeship is solid. Compared to many other well-paying, in-demand jobs, the time required in school isn’t very long, and a lot of on-the-job training takes place. A trade deemed essential, like plumbers or electricians, is an especially smart move.

For animal lovers

Do you have a passion for animals? Then a career as a veterinary technician or technologist may be the right choice for you. These specially trained professionals help veterinarians treat and diagnose all kinds of animals. If you’re up for extra excitement, you can look for a position in a zoo or wildlife conservation center.

Find more information at ccg-gcc.gc.ca/careers

—NC

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