Work Experience Opportunities for High School Students

20 February 2018

In January 2018 the WorkBC Job Board had more than 16,500 job postings. This news combined with the forecast for 903,000 job openings to 2028 (B.C. Labour Market Outlook: 2018 Edition), is good news. It is inspiration for young people to:
  • gain work experience
  • think about personal career preferences
  • develop career goals
To get work experience students can explore the job postings on the WorkBC Job Board. To navigate and narrow their search, they can click on the Job Type tab and apply filters (for example, a filter for part-time or seasonal positions). Students can also click on the Location tab to find job opportunities in their area. Once filters are in place students can click on the Find Jobs tab.

To help land a job, students may want to use the supports provided by WorkBC Employment Services Centres. The Centres provide resume writing and interview skills workshops and other resources to support job seekers. Find these centers using the interactive map

WorkBC’s Career Compass can help student’s understand their preferences—there are quizzes to guide and encourage students to explore different types of careers. Youth can also learn about hundreds of career options on WorkBC Explore Careers or watch video demonstrations on the WorkBC Career Trek page.

High school students can use Blueprint Builder to help them think about their career goals, explore education and funding options, and search for jobs. To estimate future job openings and costs, students can check out the high opportunity occupations and the Cost of Living Calculator.

Students can also explore WorkBC’s post-secondary and funding options, and find relevant post-secondary programs that directly apply to their career goals.

Using these WorkBC tools, students can gain work experience and begin to understand their career preferences.