Counsellors, teachers & parents
Resources for counsellors, teachers & parents
Students and youth who are thinking about their future careers can learn about themselves, generate career ideas and explore a wide range of occupations on WorkBC.ca. Here, you will find valuable resources for career planning and job search, as well as key labour market information. These resources will help students and youth as they think about their career options in B.C.
Introduce your students and other youth to these resources and help them:
- Explore WorkBC.ca and research information related to their career interests and objectives
- Identify and develop possible career paths
- Apply information on WorkBC.ca to their own career goals
- Explore post-secondary education options
- Research WorkBC.ca job postings and simulate a job application
Lesson Plans for Educators
Lesson plans have been designed to support the learning objectives of B.C’s career education curriculum. Use the lesson plans to help students get the most out of WorkBC’s career resources:
Career Compass Lesson Plans – the Career Compass online tool helps youth explore potential career options. They can take a career quiz, browse careers and explore job options in different regions of B.C. Use Career Compass learning activities to help grades 9 and 10 students explore career options and grade 11 students re-assess their career plans.
For information on Career Compass online tool, view an overview.
Career Trek – Career Trek videos inspire and engage youth to explore careers in B.C. Use Career Trek learning activities to help students strengthen their career development and planning skills, reflect on key job skills, and discover new information about prospective careers.
Blueprint Builder Lesson Plans – the Blueprint Builder online career planning tool provides valuable resources for students on career exploration, education and funding, and finding a job. Use Blueprint Builder learning activities to help your students make the best use of the Blueprint Builder tool.
For information on the Blueprint Builder online tool, view an overview.
Find Your Fit tour: Teacher Resources
The classroom activities found in this package are meant to enhance the experience your students will have at the WorkBC Find Your Fit event. Some of the activities are intended to provide context for students before they attend the event. One of the activities is intended for students after they have attended the event.
These activities can be used to familiarize students with online WorkBC.ca tools and services even if your students will not attend the WorkBC Find Your Fit tour event.
The activities in this package are designed for B.C. students. Depending on which grade you teach, certain activities will touch upon prescribed learning outcomes in the curriculum.
Some of the activities (or parts of them) require students to have access to computers or tablets and Wi-Fi to explore websites and tools. However, not all of the activities require this technology.
Classroom Activities—Introduction (PDF)
Exercises for Grades 9-12
Students match their skills to occupation descriptions.
Exercises for Grades 5-10
Occupations of Interest
Students select a career of interest from a list of in-demand careers and then conduct research about that occupation.
You Have Skills
Students identify what skills they think they’re good at and learn which occupations fit with those skills.
Find Your Fit—Blueprint Builder Activity
Explore skilled trade occupations using the “Blueprint Builder” career planning tool and the Industry Training Authority activity “What Are You Made Of?”
Find Your Fit—Post Event Activity
Students review an occupation they’re interested in that was highlighted at the Find Your Fit event.
Additional Teacher Resources
2018 WorkBC Parents’ Guide
In high school, students frequently feel major pressure about the direction they’ll take after graduation. While in post-secondary education, students often seek direction on how to apply their skills and education to a career that fits them.
Parents, educators and career counsellors want to help, but are often unsure how to guide youth as they explore to identify the best career path.
Discover the 2018 WorkBC Parents’ Guide. This easy-to-use guide will provide you with information, guidelines and resources to support youth on their career journey.
First Nations Career Resources
Engage BC's Career Guide for Indigenous People 2018
to help support your students or teens in their career planning journey, all the way from exploration to success on the job. The guide offers information on career exploration, skills training, education and funding, and self-employment.
Job seekers will find resources on:
- where to find job postings
- applying for jobs
- resume and interview preparation
- on-the-job training opportunities
Managing the transition to a successful new job is also covered. Learn about the First Nations Education Steering Committee (FNESC) Career Journeys First Nations Career Role Model Program
developed to support elementary and secondary level students who are starting to think about their career journeys. Program materials can be used by parents, youth and their teachers and include video interviews with a variety of First Nations role models, a teacher resource book, a parent and student guide, and classroom posters.
Also see the First Nations Education Steering Committee (FNESC)
for other resources for First Nations Youth.
Consult the British Columbia Indigenous Skills Training Programs Inventory
for information about Indigenous specific and general skills training programs, and more. You’ll find provincial and federal government programs, as well as some offered by industry organizations and unions.
Consider Co-operative Education
Co-operative education lets students integrate paid, relevant work experience with their program of study. Co-op programs are offered at most of B.C.’s public post-secondary institutions and are available across a range of program areas, including business, science, arts, applied science and technology.
Co-op education has many benefits for students:
- Gain paid, relevant work experience.
- Apply their classroom learning in the workplace.
- Develop practical workplace skills and learn to market their skills to employers.
- Build a valuable network of contacts and references of professionals in the field.
- Boost chances of landing a great job after graduation.
- Earn money to help with education costs.
To participate in a co-op program, students first apply to the post-secondary education institution for their program of study. Typically, students then apply to the relevant co-op program.
Work terms are paid and generally start in January, May or September and last for approximately four to eight months. Co-op students alternate study terms and work terms.
Visit the Association for Co-operative Education and Work-Integrated Learning, BC/Yukon
(ACE-WIL) for more information and to search a list of available co-op programs.
You can also contact the post-secondary education institution directly to get full program details, including how to apply, costs and the scheduling of work terms.
Skills Training for Employment Program
Do you know someone who needs support to overcome barriers to employment? Check out Skills Training for Employment (STE)
, with programs custom designed to help young adults, young adults at risk, older workers and survivors of violence and/or abuse.
This program provides skills training and employment supports for people who face barriers to employment. Through the program’s tailored approach, participants are helped to work toward the goal of sustainable employment.
Supporting the transition to post-secondary life
Do you have a student, client or a child approaching the first year of post-secondary studies? College or university may present students with a level of stress they haven’t previously encountered, at a time when they are on their own.
The guide From Surviving to Thriving: Developing Personal and Academic Resilience
provides resources, checklists, worksheets, a coping strategies planner, and a choice of four strategies for managing stressful situations.
From Surviving to Thriving
can help students plan to manage the stresses they may experience, so they can move beyond mere survival to thrive in their post-secondary life.
Find out more about the research, analysis and pilot program evaluation
that underpin the guide.