Even if you are not the Career Counselor in your school, students probably ask you for advice about careers, especially if they have an interest in the area of your specialization. This page centralizes the tools you will need to walk students through the career investigation process.
If you are officially in the role of Career Counselor, find yourself advising students, or just wish to help keep the site updated, please ask for administration privileges
If there are errors, links that are no longer working, information you think needs to be added or suggestions to improve the website, please send an email.
Alberta Learning Information System (ALIS)
Finding updated information about potential careers your students may be interested in is easy, thanks to the the Government of Alberta. The Alberta Learning Information System (ALIS) will provide you with the information needed when making decisions about careers and the training necessary to achieve employment in a profession that interests your student. This website contains information on career planning, scholarships, occupations, post-secondary programs and the application process. This site is well worth taking the time to investigate. ALIS focuses on Alberta institutions and job information.
The section that we wish to draw your attention to is called occupational profiles. This section describes duties, working conditions, personality traits, educational requirements, salary, and employment and advancement opportunities of a wide variety of occupations.
Click on this link: http://alis.alberta.ca/occinfo/Content/RequestAction.asp?format=html&aspAction=GetHomePage&Page=Home
and it will take you to the occupational information pages in the ALIS website.
Once you click on the link and enter the website, choose the letter that corresponds with the occupation you want to investigate or you can type in theoccupation. As you scroll through the webpage you have chosen, be sure to click on any links you find. Sometimes there are videos or suggestions of related professions.
"To be successful, the first thing you have to do is fall in love with your work."
Sister Mary Lauretta
Apprenticeship training has certainly been an under-appreciated sector by Career Counselors in the past...but no more! Alberta's industries are hungry for technical skill sets that only come with apprenticeship training. For students who are superior "hands on" learners, apprenticeship is an excellent choice! As well, salaries in trades continue to rise while they stagnate in other areas...
An apprenticeship is a post-secondary education program that combines work experience, on-the-job training and technical training. Students seek out a journeyman in the trade of their choice willing to sponsor them as an apprentice. An apprenticeship training period can last between one and four years, depending on the trade chosen. 80% of an apprentice’s education takes place on the job and the remaining 20% is done at an approved college or technical institution. Apprentices are required to write an industry exam at the end of each period of training. When the student has met all the requirements of the program, a Journeyman Certificate is granted.
The Apprenticeship program is a mutually beneficial arrangement. The apprentice has a mentor willing to teach the technical skills and to provide practical training in a working environment. The Journeyman has the opportunity to train employees in a manner that will provide them with skilled staff who will help build their business.
This is a link that will take you to a list of all recognized trades in Alberta...the amount of trades that a student can choose from is quite stunning!
Many colleges offer pre-employment programs for students who are interested in a trade but unable to secure an apprenticeship. For example, Lakeland College's pre-employment electrician program gives the student the skills and information necessary to become an apprentice in the electrical field. Graduates with an attendance record of 90 per cent or better are eligible to write the first year Alberta Apprenticeship Exam if the student meets trade entrance requirements. These programs are expensive but do give the student an edge when seeking an apprenticeship.
Just a reminder that there are many scholarships available to students who wish to pursue a trade!
"Starting out to make money is the greatest mistake in life. Do what you have a flair for doing, and if you are good enough at it, the money will come."
The Apply Alberta system was put in place to simplify the post-secondary application system for students applying to colleges and universities in Alberta. Students can apply to multiple institutions using information they input only once. This is a secure government website so any information inputted is safe. This is important because there are application fees that must be paid to the post-secondary institutions, usually using a credit card.
Convenience aside, one of the benefits of using the Apply Alberta website is that a student can order their official transcripts to be sent to the institutions to which they are applying for FREE! Ordering the transcripts are part of the step by step process they will go through using this website.
Before they begin this process, it is recommended that you give the student an updated Course Mark Inquiry (CMI). This can be obtained from the high school. This CMI contains all of the courses a student has been awarded credit for by Alberta Education. It also has a student's Alberta Student Number, which Alberta Education assigned to them. A copy of the most recent report card is needed if midterm marks are requested.
Link to the Apply Alberta home page:
Link to a list of participating post-secondary schools:
Link to the step by step application process(video included).
Remind students to save their user name and password in a place they will be able to access it when needed.
Career Cruising is an interactive career planning tool that students, teachers and parents can access online. With this program, students create a profile of their academic life to date that will help them explore different career options, create portfolios, and determine what courses they need to embark on a desired career path. Student accounts are active from year to year so throughout high school students can continue to update information.
If your school uses Career Cruising, you will generate usernames and passwords for your students. This link will take to you to the log in page on the Career Cruising website.
There are two CTS courses developed that students may complete that will provide guidance and structure during their career search. CTR2310 is usually completed by grade 11 students and CTR3310 is geared towards grade 12 students finalizing their post-high school plans. Each of these courses is worth one CTS credit. Teachers are responsible for assessment.
CTR2310 is usually done once a have taken the Strong Interest Inventory, but can be completed using a comparable inventory.
Click this link to access CTR2310.
Click this link for a printable CTR3310. CTS Course Career Directions 3310
Education is expensive. Many parents start saving for their child's education early and can pay for all or part of it reducing, or eliminating, the need for student debt. Helping students find scholarships can also ease the financial burden post secondary attendance can create.
Scholarship opportunities can be found in many different places. Looking for scholarships offered by the institutions where students wish to apply is usually a good starting point. Students coming out of high school are eligible for early enrollment scholarships or scholarships pertaining to their area of interest.
The myth that scholarships are only available to students with a high academic average has long been "busted." Many scholarships require students to demonstrate a strong volunteer spirit and community involvement. Encourage students to track and record their volunteer experiences.
Scholarships can have very specific parameters. For example, scholarships may be available only to students who live in a certain area of the province. They can even be specific to children of parents who belong to certain organizations or places of employment.
Listed below are some links to websites with information pertaining to scholarships offered in the province of Alberta.
1. The ALEXANDER RUTHERFORD SCHOLARSHIP is available to all students in Alberta who meet the criteria described in the link below.
2. Scholarship information supplied by the ALIS website. If you type in a keyword or indicate with the drop box that you are a high school student, it will sort the scholarships "somewhat." Click on each scholarship link to see the specific criteria of the scholarship offered.
3. The "Tradesecrets'" website sorts grants, bursaries and scholarships according to specific trades. The second link is for a printable guide to what "free money" is available for students entering a trade. This booklet is handy if you want to make notes as you investigate!
4. ALIS link to scholarships specific to post-secondary institutions.
myBlueprint.ca is an education, career, and life planner that helps students make the most informed decisions about their futures. Students can access a comprehensive set of assessments, post-secondary and occupation databases, financial planner, interactive portfolios, high school planner with integrated Rutherford Scholarship tracker, and more! All features directly support student-driven exploration, age-appropriate activities, and inquiry-based learning.
All staff, students and parents can create accounts by visiting www.myBlueprint.ca/ecacs16, and selecting your school from the New User drop down menu.
If you need any support, training, or resources, simply email
Strong Interest Inventory
What is the Strong Interest Inventory?
For over 80 years, the Strong Interest Inventory has helped students from high school and college, as well as workers seeking change, in their search for a rich and fulfilling career. Newly revised, this authoritative assessment is more powerful than ever before.
The Strong measures your student's interest in a broad range of occupations, work activities, leisure activities, and school subjects. The questionnaire compares how these interests are similar to the interests of people successfully employed in those occupations. It is used to help people understand their work interests and to illustrate the kinds of work in which they might be most satisfied.
You can administer this Inventory if you have level B training but it is not recommended that you do so without the online training from Psychometrics.
For further information regarding the online training course, click here: http://www.psychometrics.com/en-us/workshops/strong_online.htm
Sample Strong Interest Inventory High School Edition report:
If you have been given a user name and password to access the Strong Interest Inventory, please click on the link for the log in site.