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Whether you are graduating from high school, considering further education or wanting to change careers, SAIT Student Development and Counselling services offers supports for people looking to identify careers that suit their interests, personality skills, needs, values and preferred lifestyle. Click on the links below or watch our three minute videos to learn more about our services.

Video: Choosing a career?
Video: Considering changing programs? Video: Considering changing careers?

Services for current SAIT students

Students who are currently registered and taking classes at SAIT have free access to career planning assessment services that are not limited to two hours (as well as general counselling services). Call us at 403.284.7023 or drop-in to make an appointment.

Individual career planning session (general public)

A two hour, individual session with a professional counsellor who will:

  • review the results of assessments that will be completed prior to the appointment;
  • go over factors that help determine suitable career options;
  • provide effective research strategies as well as career-specific resources. 

Cost: $165 (including GST) for a two-hour session and assessment, payable by cash, debit, Mastercard or Visa.

Duration: two hours

Date: This is a high-demand service and appointment times are booked at least two to four weeks in advance. Please refer to our registering for individual career planning page or call 403.284.7023 for more information.

All SAIT counsellors are registered psychologists or social workers in Alberta. The fee you pay for career planning may be eligible for partial or full coverage under some health plans. Check your benefits and ask your counsellor for their registration number if you want to apply to your benefits provider for coverage of this expense.

Career planning workshops (general public)

The head and heart of career planning

This workshop is intended for young participants (career starters) who are at the beginning stage of considering their future careers. Participants are usually still attending high school or a post-secondary program or they may be employed but have not developed a career yet. The workshop includes self-assessment exercises of various preferences (not standardized testing), explanations of the career planning process, different educational paths (not limited to SAIT programs), exploring occupational profiles, discussions and homework.

New chapter: re-design your life and career

This workshop is intended for career changers; mature participants who previously had the experience of working in one or more occupations (including homemaking) for some years. They are in the process of changing careers either as a result of unexpected life events, a desire to improve and advance or immigrating to Canada from another country. The workshop includes insight exercises and planning that incorporates all aspects of life, not only paid work.

These workshops do not focus on:

  • specific information about educational credits, program prerequisites, enrollment, credit transfers, etc. Participants who need this information will be referred to appropriate sources;
  • job search and application strategies.

Cost: free for the general public.

Duration: two and a half hours.

Date: offered approximately once per month between September and June. Please refer to our workshops page or call 403.284.7023 for more information.

Registering for individual career planning

To make an appointment for an individual career planning session, please call 403.284.7023. While the majority of our appointments are during the day, there may be a limited number of evening appointments available on Thursdays between October and May.

When setting up an appointment, you will need to provide an email address to receive instructions and log-in information for the assessments. These assessments need to be completed and submitted no later than the day before the appointment. Each takes approximately 30 to 40 minutes to complete online and requires grade 9 reading level in English. Assessment results are printed by our office and only available when you attend your appointment.


Career planning frequently asked questions

What is career planning?

Career planning is the process of identifying a career that fits with an individual's interests, skills, personality needs, values and preferred lifestyle. This fit may be different at various points in a person's lifetime. The world of work constantly changes and people evaluate, adapt, and take action throughout their working lives.

Do you offer advice on specific SAIT programs?

Student Development and Counselling Services will not tell you which program to take but can provide you with support and information to help you make your career and educational decisions. Both the career planning sessions and workshops are focused on helping individuals achieve their career goals in the manner that suits their current needs and preferences. Most often futher training is needed. This can include any post-secondary program best suited to an individual's needs, not only SAIT programs.

Information on SAIT programs is always free of charge and available:

I am a current SAIT student. What resources are available to me?

All individual career planning appointments are confidential and free for currently enrolled SAIT students. Please visit our Appointments & Services page for more information or call 403.284.7023 to set up an appointment.

How do I make an appointment for individual career planning?

To make an appointment for an individual career planning session, please call 403.284.7023.

Note: this is a high-demand service and appointment times are booked at least two to four weeks in advance.

Do you have evening appointments?

There may be a limited number of evening appointments available on Thursday evenings between October and May.

Do you provide information on the labour market and industry trends? I want to know if the occupation I’m interested in will be in-demand.

In the planning process, the counsellor will take into account labour market information, however, it is only one of many factors to consider. It is very difficult to predict future demands with certainty.

Are there any free resources available to help me choose a career?

If you are between the ages of 15 and 24, the Calgary Youth Employment Centre offers free, comprehensive employment and career services online or by phone at 403.268.2490.

Alberta Learning Information Services offers free descriptions of occupations including job duties, work conditions, requirements, and salary ranges.

Alberta Human Services offers career planning workshops, as well information about industry trends.

Additional resources can be found in our Career Services for Calgary and Alberta and Websites for Career and Educational Planning handouts as well as in our Career and Educational Planning Resources list.

I just want a job! What resources are available to help me?

Current SAIT students and recent alumni have access to Student Employment Services to aid in their job search. For those actively seeking employment in any available sector Service Canada's Finding a Job website and Job Bank are excellent starting points.

Additional resources can be found in our Career Services for Calgary and Alberta and Websites for Career and Educational Planning handouts as well as others available in our Career and Educational Planning Resources list.