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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. 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)
Advising (located in the Registrars Office)
  • 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’m interested in a career but need more information about it
  • I would like to do some interest testing to help me decide on a career
  • 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 us to book an appointment.

  • What are the college or program admission requirements?
  • I need more information about which classes to take for the program I want to do
  • I want to apply to a Douglas College program but don’t know how to get started
  • I’m not sure where I can complete the prerequisites for this program
  •  I know which career I’d like but I need more information on the program requirements
  • I need to drop a course and would like to revise my educational plan
  • Can I transfer this course elsewhere?
  • Will universities recognize this program or these courses?
  • I didn’t graduate. What ways can I finish my Gr. 12?
  • What assessment tests will I need to do to get into my program/course?

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

Prospective Students

Are you a prospective student considering Douglas College? Are you confused about your career direction and not sure how to start your career exploration process? Attend our free workshops for information and support!

Friday July 19th, NEW WEST, 10:00 am - 11:00 am, Room N4305

If interested, please register by calling our receptionists at 604-527-5486 (New West) 
Or 604-777-6185 (Coquitlam)

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. Dates for Fall 2019/Winter 2020 TBD.

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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