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Students & Families

Find the path that's right for you

Making choices around your future education and career options can be overwhelming. We offer events and resources that can help you find direction.

How do I get started?

We connect young people in Waterloo Region to learning experiences with industry professionals so that you can better understand:

  • What career options exist in our community and what employers are looking for
  • What steps you can take to continue exploring your interests and prepare yourself to be successful

We recommend that you:

  • Learn directly from local employers by attending Explore Your Future, Waterloo Region's annual career expo
  • Learn about Experiential Learning opportunities that you can connect to through your school
  • Access the Edge Factor platform to learn about industries in-demand locally and explore related careers

I remember participating in the ZOOM Career Day in high school and it had an important impact on me deciding to study business in university.


I love that the BEP connects our classroom to authentic learning opportunities from the community. Students are excited when they can ask questions of experts from the "real world". Teachers benefit from the up-to-date information provided by community partners.

—Jennifer ClarkeTeacher, Eastwood Collegiate Institute

We want to help educate students that Toyota is a place where you can start to build a long-term career right out of school.

—Chris McLeanSenior Manager, Talent Development & Transformation

Participating in Explore Your Future will help me in the future because it gave me a broader perception of all the career opportunities in the technology industry, and the local opportunities for students my age.


Talking to professionals in the field and making those connections at such a young age is so beneficial . It also helped me as a parent to understand my daughter’s needs and wants more so that I can assist her more effectively.


We recommend Explore Your Future to anyone in high school or grade 7-8. The number of employers that came out to the event was very impressive. Representatives were knowledgeable and helpful. We learned a lot from them.

—Parent and Student

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