Career exploration allows students to dig deeper into learning about careers in local and regional labour markets. Experiences are tailored to each student’s interests, which makes them feel involved and better informed for making future career and education choices.
Career exploration begins in middle school and is built on in Grades 9 and 10. This helps students to make decisions about:
- Career and work options
- High school program and course selection
- Post-secondary requirements
Some examples of career exploration activities include: Take Your Kids to Work Day, Trades Sampler course, Junior Skills Day, and job shadowing.
Develop a plan before you offer career exploration activities. This will ensure the elements required to be successful are in place well before marketing the program to students. Learn more about incorporating these activities into your strategic plan:
Labour Market Exploration
Making sense of labour market information is key to personalized learning and career development. It’s valuable for exploring career options or finding work and learning opportunities. Here are some helpful resources.
- Career Compass
Explore career opportunities in B.C.: use a quiz to help you find jobs that match your answers. Learn what jobs are in demand in what regions.
- Career Cruising
Incorporate this interactive tool when working with elementary, middle or high school students. It includes interviews with employees from various careers along with occupational profiles and information on post-secondary options.
- Career Education Society (CES)
Check out the CES newsfeed for career educators – it includes career and skills training information, articles, links, photos and videos.
- Career Trek
Discover the career of your dreams with 95 original videos highlighting jobs throughout B.C. Take an inside peek at what it’s like to work in the job with WorkBC’s Career Trek.
- Discover Skills BC
Discover the opportunities for careers in trades and technology. View videos, take a skills assessment survey and learn about trades in demand. Educators can also access resources like lesson plans, Blackline Masters and rubrics.
- Education Planner
A resource designed to help students assess and compare post-secondary programs related to their career options.
- Industry Training Authority (ITA)
Find information on trades training and apprenticeship programs, including detailed descriptions of trade occupations, expected earning potential and the best locations to find trades jobs in B.C.
- My Blueprint Builder
Create your career Blueprint: explore career options, find the right education and financial aid, and identify jobs in your field.
WorkBC.ca is your one-stop access point for career exploration and job search in B.C. Learn about employment trends and focus in on jobs in key industries. Use WorkBC’s comprehensive database of job postings to help students explore career options, improve their skills and find jobs. The Labour Market Navigator provides information on trending industries, the highest growing occupation groups and the locations to find jobs in B.C. WorkBC Career Profiles also provide all the details you need for career exploration, including job duties, salary, education required, and employment outlook. Learn about key industries in B.C., from employment and wage data to factors that impact an industry, with Industry Profiles. Visit the skills training section to find out about B.C’s Skills for Jobs Blueprint and for more information on how to meet labour market needs.
- Worksafe BC
Learn about worker health and safety protocols for specific jobs and industries.