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Help students make informed decisions about their future

Most students have limited knowledge of the career options that suit their interests and abilities, as well as what steps they can take to learn more and prepare themselves.

We offer programming and resources that help you support your students in their career development, so that they can build their path to a fulfilling career.

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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.

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Looking for more detail about how the Speakers Bureau works for educators?

Go to Educators Guide to the Speakers Bureau

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 and will be available for registration soon.

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Youth Creativity Fund

The Youth Creativity Fund fosters creative confidence by connecting creative ideas, designed by students, with donations from people passionate about seeing youth creativity flourish. After all: creative confidence is built through having the opportunity to try, experiment, fail… and succeed.

Through the Youth Creativity Fund, grade 5-12 students in Waterloo Region can apply for microgrants of up to $1000 to pursue a creative learning project. You can help by sharing this opportunity with your students!

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Trades PD

Trades PD is a professional development series to support local guidance counsellors in advising students about the benefits and pathways to a career in the skilled trades.

Learn more about Trades PD

Legacy Builders

The Legacy Builders program provides young students with a fun, interactive, and informative session about what a career in the construction industry could look like. The purpose is to spark interest in the hands-on trades.

Learn more about Legacy Builders

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.

Go to Virtual Workplace Tours

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