Help students make informed decisions about their future
We work together with you to help students in grades 7 to 12 take an active role in finding their path to the workforce. By learning how to make informed choices, youth can begin to proactively manage their career.
We help your students explore their career choices, set goals and determine how to achieve them.
Our Speakers Bureau connects students to real world career stories
For 20 years, the volunteers in our Speakers Bureau have shared their career experiences with students in elementary and high school.
In grades 7 and 8, our speakers help your class to explore a wide range of jobs and learn how they got there. By sharing their career journey, our speakers help youth understand the need to continually use new information to assess their current path, consider revising their goals, and determine their next steps.
In a grade 10 careers studies class, students research jobs they find interesting and the skills, knowledge, training, and education required. Our speakers provide an interactive, real world source of valuable information. Having speakers complements our upcoming Career Discovery presentation.
In high school, every subject's curriculum has a career component. Our speakers help connect what students are learning in class to what they can do when they enter the workforce. They know the answers to questions like: "How will I use geometry or calculus when working? What can I do with a degree in biology? What are my career options if I thrive in English or history?" because of their lived experience.
Educators can access the Speakers Bureau by making an online request. We will then arrange a speaker based on your needs and schedule. You (and your students) can preview many of our volunteers in our Career Profile section.
Request a Speaker
Looking for more detail about how the Speakers Bureau works for educators?
Virtual Career Hunts for Grade 7-8s
Career Hunts bring grade 7-8s students together with career mentors working in desired fields, industries and professions. Each student participates in interactive sessions that will open up a world of choices and help them learn first-hand what it takes to be successful. The experience clarifies career and educational pathways and students become actively engaged in designing their own career path.
This series of events are organized by JA South Western Ontario in partnership with BEP Waterloo Region.
NEW! Take your class on a virtual workplace tour
Our new virtual tour section gives students a chance to see inside some Waterloo Region workplaces.
By opening their doors, these organizations are giving youth a chance to see what it would be like to work there. Some of these tours are videos such as the sample here and others are more like touring a home for sale online.
More research tools for your students
Visit our Recommended Tools page for more resources that you can use with your class to research jobs, labour market information and pathways for training and education required to achieve their career goals.