Career Planning and Development Services

Increasing your awareness of your unique profile and strengths

The YMCA has pioneered career counselling and personal development in Canada for 75 years. We use a unique combination of assessment tools and counselling to help you better understand yourself and guide you in making changes in your life, or in choosing a meaningful career. Recognized self-report assessments and other tools are administered to explore your aptitudes, personality, strengths, values and interests. We follow up with interpretation meetings, and provide you with reports and counselling sessions to explore patterns identified and to increase your self-awareness as you set your professional and life goals.

How does it work?

Whether you are looking to develop personally or excel in your career, we have a program or package that's right for you! If you are ready to register, or would like to obtain further information about our programs and services, please contact us at (416) 928-3362 ext. 22609.

Our Programs

Career Planning and Development

Get the direction you need to reach your personal and professional goals through assessments and counselling.

Our Signature program is our most popular and comprehensive career planning and development program. With a full review of your career goals and interests, strengths, skills and personality, this program offers all the information you need to make important personal and career decisions in your life.


  • An introductory meeting to review your personal and career goals
  • Comprehensive aptitudes and abilities assessments to uncover your strengths and developmental areas
  • An in-depth exploration of your career interests, values and preferences, and personality
  • 7.5 hours of one-to-one career counselling and developmental planning
  • A copy of your interpretation reports
  • Job interview preparation, coaching, and follow-ups

*This package can also be completed without the “aptitudes and abilities” assessments. Please contact us for more information.

This expedited but inclusive package is great for you if you need clarity to make timely planning decisions about your education or career. You may have a good sense of your strengths, aptitudes and abilities, but would like to focus on obtaining career guidance and direction to set you on track for success.


  • Comprehensive exploration of your career interests
  • Completion of various assessment tools
  • A review of your preferences and personality
  • 2.5 hours of one-to-one counselling and coaching
  • A copy of your interpretation reports

Personal Growth and Development

Personal growth and development is all about understanding yourself, developing your strengths, and realizing your potential. By focusing on your personal development, you are setting your path to improving the overall quality of your life and your work.

In this package, you will explore all aspects of your personality and preferences in order to attain greater self-awareness and have the knowledge and tools to leverage your strengths in personal and professional situations.


  • A detailed exploration of multiple-personality dimensions and strengths
  • A review of your personal goals and guidance on how to reach them
  • An exploration of your preferences in communication and interaction with others; identification of barriers and challenges and how to overcome them
  • 3 hours of one-to-one counselling
  • A copy of your interpretation reports

*We also offer individual assessment packages, focusing on specific developmental areas. Please contact us for more information.

This package is particularly designed for you if you are looking to explore how you can bring out your strengths and find meaning and engagement in your work. Workplace engagement is linked to many positive factors such as job satisfaction, work effectiveness and career success. This program will help you identify your current level of work engagement and highlight opportunities to increase your engagement and find meaningful purpose. In addition, you will gain insight into your Emotional Intelligence and how to develop in key areas which are linked to wellbeing and workplace success.


  • An exploration of your work engagement profile
  • An in-depth review of your Emotional Intelligence (EQ) profile
  • An exploration of your values and character strengths
  • 3 hours of one-to-one counselling
  • A copy of your interpretation reports, including developmental strategies and action tools

*The following package is ideal if you are currently in a work or volunteer environment and wish to make the most out of your strengths, find meaning and increase engagement in your work.

Leadership Development

Learn how to use your leadership strengths and identify opportunities and careers where you can demonstrate your leadership potential.


  • Preliminary review of your goals related to leadership
  • An in-depth exploration of your Emotional Intelligence, focusing on your strengths and developmental areas related to leadership
  • Review of your preferred “change style” and how it aligns with your leadership style and goals
  • Review of personality and preferences
  • Creation of your “Leadership Development Action Plan
  • 3 hours of one-to-one counselling and leadership coaching
  • A copy of your interpretation reports

*We offer leadership development for teams and facilitate customized workshops for organizational development. Please contact us for more information. 

Contact us

Get started today! 

Telephone: (416) 928-3362 ext. 22609
Address: 2200 Yonge St. Suite 219, Toronto, ON, M4S 2C6