Manitoba Career Development Newsletter
Career Development Connections
Inspiring, educating and sharing best practices in career development
This issue features an article on the benefits of hiring older workers, information about Manitoba Career Week 2011 and information about various career sectors and programs your clients may want to consider.
The Canadian Youth Business Foundation (CYBF) is a national non-profit organization dedicated to growing our nation's economy one young entrepreneur at a time. As a national organization, they provide pre-launch coaching, financing, mentoring and business resources to help young Canadians, ages 18-39, start and sustain thriving businesses.
This guide explains why career development continues to be an important consideration for all K–12 school leaders—now and in the future. It shows how career development programming helps Manitoba students complete school and transition to post-secondary education and/or the workplace. This guide also illustrates how Manitoba educators, schools, and school divisions can integrate career development concepts, programming, and resources with curriculum outcomes in their classrooms.
A six page survey was sent to 885 Manitoba schools March 2007 to survey the school system to determine the current level of career practices. 335 schools completed the questionnaires for a response rate of 40%.
The first part, "Career Development and Practices, Programming and Resources" focused on schools' career development activities and their awareness of the various post-secondary education, training and financing options in Manitoba.
The second part of the survey "Staff and Resources" focused on the questions related to resources that schools have been allocating to career development, the nature and extent of parental involvement as well as schools' awareness of available resources.
VECTOR (Video Exploration of Careers, Transitions, Opportunities, and Realities) provides more than 150 six-minute video vignettes profiling some of Canada¹s most-needed careers and occupations. The fast-paced, colourful vignettes feature real people in their workplaces talking about the challenges and rewards of their jobs. They discuss their interests and education and describe both the routine and excitement of their days.
This guide has been developed to help parents support teens as they explore their options and make decisions. The goal is to provide parents with some practical ideas and resources to use with their children.
This handbook has been written for parents of children in Middle Years schools. Research indicates that parents are the number one influence on their children's success in their educational pursuits and their choice of occupation. Helping children build on their skills, strengths, and confidence will assist them in planning for the future. This handbook has been written to encourage parents and children to begin thinking about and discussing career exploration.
This document will help students gain an understanding of the requirements for high school graduation, career planning and paying for their future education.
This parent and student guide contains information about the graduation requirements for Manitoba Senior Years students, and provides parents and students with a planning tool that can be used throughout the Senior Years.
The portfolio offers a framework for individuals to guide and capture all aspects of their career development, including self-assessment, goal-setting, skill identification, career and educational transition, getting and keeping work, and lifelong personal development. As an ongoing developmental process, the career portfolio provides documentation of the past and offers a guide to the future.
This report presents the Manitoba portion of a research project in career guidance in the secondary school system undertaken by the Canada Millennium Scholarship Foundation in partnership with four provinces — Manitoba, Saskatchewan, New Brunswick, and Newfoundland and Labrador. It explores the availability to high school students and their parents of information and programming about careers, education and training options after high school and about financing these various options.
According to the school-to-work literature a good school
intervention would include simulated occupational experiences
which would excite students by the opportunities presented
and motivate them to explore their occupational possibilities
with more enthusiasm; teach them about the consequences
of making decisions in life; allow them to test the adequacy
of various decision making models; allow students to sample
various occupations, incorporate role-playing; facilitate
the learning of skills, interests, beliefs, values, work
habits, and personal qualities that enable each participant
to create a satisfying life in a constantly changing work
environment; be developmentally appropriate and allow students
to develop employability skills.
The Real Game series incorporates all aspects taken from career transition literature of what a good intervention program should be (as mentioned above).
The The Real Game series includes:
- The Play Real Game, Ages 6 - 8, Grades 3 / 4
- The Make it Real Game, Ages 8 - 10, Grades 5 / 6
- The Real Game, Ages 11 - 13, Grades 7 / 8
- The Be Real Game, Ages 14 - 15, Grades 9 / 10
- The Get Real Game, Ages 16 - 18, Grades 11 / 12
All programs in The Real Game series are fully Blueprint-compliant. The context and activities have been conceived to maximize students' opportunities to master the full range of Blueprint essential life/work building skills. Each program in the series offers rich opportunities for team-teaching, involvement of senior student mentors, participation by community members and organizations, and parental involvement.
Links that support career development and transition education in a wide variety of settings including Early, Middle, and Senior Years schools.
- Graduation Requirements, and Post-secondary Admission Requirements and Articulation
Our Kids to Work Day!
Manitoba Education is a proud sponsor of Take Our Kids to Work Day! On November of each year every Grade 9 student in Canada is invited to spend a day at work with a parent, relative, adult friend, or volunteer host. Visit the website for more information or contact the Provincial Coordinator, Tom Prins.
Career Cruising is an interactive career resource designed for people of all ages to help them find the right career, explore different career options, or plan future education and training. For access to this resource, contact Tom Prins.
(Video Exploration of Careers, Transitions, Opportunities, and Realities)
VECTOR is a video vignette library that profiles individual Canadians in the workplace. It shows them at work, describing the nature of their job and conditions of their workplace. VECTOR project partners, in collaboration with 16 sector councils, have produced 120 occupations to date identifying careers/occupations that would be of interest to youth and that currently face, or will soon face, labour market shortages.
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