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Career counselling

If you are a registered student, career counselling is available to help you begin planning 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:

  • Identifying your interests, skills and values
  • Learning about post-secondary programs
  • Researching occupational information
  • Labour market information
  • Job searching techniques
  • How to conduct information interviews
  • Changing your program or career goal
  • Mid-career transitions
  • Decision-making strategies
  • Referrals to community career services

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!

New West: Friday January 19th at 3:30 pm in Room N1222

Coquitlam: Monday February 5th at 10:30 am in Room A1130
New West: Friday February 23rd at 3:30 pm in Room N1222

Coquitlam: Friday March 9th at 3:30 pm in Room A1130
New West: Monday March 19th at 10:30 am in Room N1222

Coquitlam: Monday April 9th at 10:30 am in Room A1130
New West: Friday April 27th at 3:30 pm in Room N1222

To register, please call our receptionists at 604-527-5486 (New West) 
Or 604-777-6185 (Coquitlam)

Student workshops

We also usually offer a brief career exploration group workshop for students during the Fall and Winter semesters. Contact us to find out more.

Winter 2018 Workshops 

Thursday Jan 25th (Part 1) and Thursday Feb 1st (Part 2)  10:30 am - 12:20 pm

Room B2040 Coquitlam David Lam Campus

 Thursday February 22nd (Part 1) and Thursday March 1st (Part 2) 2:30 pm - 4:20 pm

Room S2803 New Westminster Campus

Contact us to register.

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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