As youth prepare for life after high school, it can be overwhelming to search for career information and navigate between the many resources that are available to support youth. Our Career choices program aims to create online resources to support youth in planning for post-secondary – whether that is continuing in school, or venturing out to the workplace. The virtual series will cover a broad range of possibilities, both traditional and non-traditional, reflecting the diversity of opportunities in the marketplace.
The goal of this program is to help high school students navigate the many possibilities that are available to them after high school, help them sort through online resources, and to build youth’s awareness and confidence in the skills that they already possess.
WEBINARS & WORKSHOPS
Over the course of the year, we will host 10 monthly webinars, covering various topics to assist participants with job readiness. Webinars are 45 minutes long and are followed by an optional 30 minute workshop. These workshops are engaging and include active discussions and/or small project work.
Know your skills & interests
What types of careers suit what types of personalities best? As our youth begin their journey of career exploration, they’ll need to start by reflecting on their own unique personalities, skills, and talents. With the help of our youth leaders and experienced career coaches, this webinar will guide youth through the process of identifying which career areas they are most drawn to and which professions will bring out the very best in them.
Your Social Media Persona
What does your social media presence say about you? It may be time to step back and take a look at your digital footprint. Growing up in the digital age, today’s youth rarely think twice about what they are posting on social media. And yet, it has become more common for recruiters to scan candidates’ social media and personal profiles. This webinar will help youth to examine their existing digital footprints from the perspective of potential employers and offer some simple solutions to tidy up their online persona and further protect their privacy.
Resumes & Cover Letters
This webinar will lay out some guidelines and ground rules for preparing effective resumes and cover letters, with practical advice on how to make yourself stand out. Whether they’ve already entered the world of work or are just getting started, our career experts are here to help youth shine their brightest by building an effective resume.
Job Searching & Interviewing
This webinar will empower youth to find the job they want and succeed in any type of interview they encounter on their job seeking journey. With the guidance of industry experts, we’ll take them through the step by step process of how to prepare for their next job interview. By participating in this discussion, youth will learn how to begin their job search, communicate effectively with potential employers, and express themselves professionally in an interview.
This webinar will introduce youth to the exciting world of entrepreneurship by showcasing examples of successful youth entrepreneurs. We’ll hear from industry leaders on topics such as starting an enterprise, creating a business plan, problem solving, finding investors, and more! Youth will be inspired to pursue their own entrepreneurial ideas and interests after attending this dynamic discussion.
This webinar will help youth to combine their interest in starting a business with a passion for giving back to the community. Social entrepreneurship is all about building a successful business while fulfilling a social need at the same time. Youth will learn how to put their innovative ideas into action by attending this discussion with a panel of social entrepreneurs.
This discussion will highlight the recent shift towards gig work and freelancing in the Canadian economy. Flexible work opportunities are emerging in a variety of fields. We’ll showcase professionals from different backgrounds that have taken advantage of gig working to achieve their career goals.
Trades & Apprenticeships
This webinar explores the benefits of learning a skilled trade and provides an overview of the many opportunities for Canadian youth to learn skilled trades through apprenticeship programs. Featuring representatives from a variety of skilled trades, this discussion will help youth explore their options and discover their own areas of interest in this growing sector of the economy.
Exploring the Arts
This webinar is for all the talented and creative youth that are interested in a career in the arts. In this dynamic talk, we’ll explore the wide world of art, including performance art, film, music, writing, and design. With the help of Canadian artists, youth will explore different pathways to securing a career in the arts, including post-secondary education and apprenticeships
Planning for Post-Secondary Studies
This webinar will address how to prepare for life after high school by delving into topics such as post-secondary applications, planning and budgeting, and finding a work/life balance in that busy first year. We’ll talk to post-secondary educators from a variety of institutions as well as hear our youth leaders’ own perspectives on the ups and downs of adjusting to life at college or university.
Online learning modules
As part of our Career Choices program, we have included e-learning modules that will provide asynchronous learning tools to accompany the webinars. These modules will elaborate on topics covered in the webinar, as well as provide youth with templates, resources and worksheets to help them in their career development. Topics include Skills inventory building, Resume building, Interview tips, Starting an enterprise, Post-secondary school applications, and Financing further education
At Experiences Canada, we strongly believe in the power of youth teaching youth. Our Career Choices program Youth Leaders will create a series of vlogs featuring people in a variety of promising careers. Each VLOG will run between 3-5 minutes in length and answer some basic questions about how they got into their industry, what skills and education are required, where do they see the opportunities for youth interesting in getting into this line of work today, and what are the best personalities for their position.
These vlogs will provide a starting point for youth to explore a career option that they may never would have thought of pursuing.
If you are interested in being featured in a careers VLOG, please complete this contact form.
There is an abundance of information available online to assist you in mapping a career path for themselves, so much so that it can be overwhelming. Along with our Vlogs and online learning modules, we will also be collecting additional materials, that we feel will be useful for youth, and collecting them in an easy to navigate space.
If you have resources you feel might be useful for us to link to, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
In order to support civics and coop teachers, school guidance counsellors, youth employment service agencies, and other national youth serving organizations that support youth in job readiness activities, we will also be providing lesson plans, and workshop guides to accompany each webinar.
We encourage you to view the webinars with your students, and continue the conversation in your virtual classrooms using our lesson plans and workshop facilitator guides.
Our Career Choices youth leaders are a group of dedicated young people (aged 21-30) who have been selected to act as hosts, mediators, workshop facilitators, and videographers for the duration of the series. By offering their experience, knowledge, and support skills to this online series, these youth leaders will help participants discover their unique skills and talents, and explore a variety potential career options and pathways.
Thanks to Our Sponsor
Experiences Canada is proud to partner with RBC`s Future Launch initiative – a commitment to help young Canadians prepare for a drastically changing workforce.