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 searches, 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

Use these lesson plans to help students get the most out of the WorkBC resources: Students can save and view their results in their Blueprint Builder profile. For more information on Blueprint Builder, view an overview of WorkBC’s Career Exploration Tool, Blueprint Builder

Lesson plans match learning objectives in the B.C. planning, business and other curricula. They are also suitable for educators working with youth who have left school.

Career Zones

Use Career Zones to help your students pursue a career in the industry of their choice while meeting their B.C. graduation requirements. A Career Zone is an innovative way for students to gain work experience and certifications or get a head start on their post-secondary education. Career Zones are available in Construction, Energy, Oil and gas, Health, Information technology, and more.

WorkBC Parents’ Guide

In high school, students frequently feel major pressure about the direction they’ll take after graduation. Parents want to help, but are often unsure how to guide their teen down the best career path.

If you’re a parent, you’ll find the updated WorkBC Parents' Guide invaluable for supporting your teen to explore career and educational pathways. The guide is full of practical ideas and resources for investigating careers and making decisions.

The guide covers a range of vital topics, including
  • how you can help your teen find a direction and a passion
  • the labour market today and tomorrow
  • allies who can help you
  • essential skills and learning paths
  • how to finance post-secondary education and training
Use this key career development tool to coach teens through the many choices before them.

First Nations Career Resources

Engage BC's Career Guide for Aboriginal People 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 Aboriginal Skills Training Programs Inventory for information about Aboriginal-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, BC / Yukon (ACE) 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.

Find Your Fit tour: Teacher Resources

Introduction

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

Occupation Skills:

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 FitBlueprint 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 FitPost Event Activity

Students review an occupation they’re interested in that was highlighted at the Find Your Fit event.

Additional Teacher Resources