Career Development

Curriculum Documents

Curriculum Framework of Outcomes and A Foundation for Implementation
(Full-Credit and Half-Credit) Courses

Career Development Life/Work courses provide all students with an opportunity to reflect on their interests and strengths, develop essential career competencies, link education to employment, learn about possible career opportunities, and gain expertise in the “real world”. It is recommended that the courses be offered in sequence; however, they can be offered independently (e.g., only Grade 9 or Grade 10).

The Career Development Life/Work curricula, both full-credit and half-credit courses, are optional courses in high school. The high school credit system provides flexibility that allows students to take courses that meet their needs and aspirations. Career development courses may be taught separately, or full- or half-credit courses can be combined with other full-credit or half-credit courses to meet local needs (e.g. English language arts or ICT courses taught together with Career Development Life/Work curricula).

Career development courses and credits also allow more students in Manitoba to obtain a high school diploma and to graduate better prepared for their career/life transitions.

The courses available as both full-credit and half-credit courses, have been designed to help students

  • make greater curricular connections between learning in school and the rapidly transforming world or work
  • experience career learning and benefit from the work experience opportunities in the community
  • identify characteristics that describe who they are (e.g., interests, strengths, accomplishments, values, and skills that include essential, employability, and transferable skills)
  • investigate and demonstrate personal qualities, knowledge, abilities, and attitudes needed to seek, obtain, or create work
  • reflect on how their personal characteristics influence their thoughts, ideas, and actions, and education and career choices
  • empower students to develop career-decision making skills
  • expand awareness of school and community opportunities that can help develop skills and relationships
  • explore a variety of career opportunities; learn about career pathways and expand their future career vision through exposure to career sectors
  • develop an awareness of the impact of local and global trends (e.g., technological, social, economic, and demographic) on future career opportunities
  • research the education/training preparation, experience, and skills required to achieve their desired career goals
  • think critically about career issues and decisions and financial literacy skills related to pursuing their education and career goals
  • user acquired knowledge to create a plan and set goals based on their preferred future
  • use technology, where possible, to integrate information and communications technology (ICT) learning outcomes
  • gain knowledge and understanding of their responsibilities and the responsibilities of employers regarding workplace and health and safety
  • develop the competencies to become active, resilient citizens able to confront challenges and thrive in a complex, uncertain, and changing world
Full Credit Courses
Half-Credit Courses

To increase flexibility for students, Career Development Life/Work courses are also available as half-credit courses. The Career Development Life/Work curriculum documents serve as a resource for the half-credit courses

Half-credit Career Development Life/Work courses can be either taught separately or clustered together with other half-credit courses for a more impactful career exploration. Students have an opportunity to participate in real-world experiences both inside and outside the classroom and to further their understanding of career possibilities. Examples of courses that can be offered together with career development credits include the following:

  • Computer science courses provide students with an opportunity to practice solving complex problems, learn how to write computer code, and design and test programs. Combining Career Development Life/Work courses with computer science courses helps students see the benefits of enhancing digital skills and developing confidence with innovative technologies.
  • Language courses build skills that are valuable in an interconnected world and in the modern workplace. Exploring new languages in high school helps students see how they can enrich their skill development and create new career opportunities.
  • Industrial arts and technology courses broaden students' creativity, build their innovative problem solving and practical technical skill development, and bring their ideas to life. Students are introduced to various careers and educational opportunities that exist in the growing world of technology, which helps to broaden their career options.

Please refer to the Career Development Work/Life curriculum documents that serve as resource documents for half credit courses.