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Guiding Principles of Career Development

What is Career Education?

Career Education K-12 is a new provincial curriculum that focuses solely on the competencies and curricular content required for career development.  In the past, Career Education has been formally included in the Health and Careers K-9 curriculum, Planning 10, and Graduation Transitions Program. The review of all curricular areas has resulted in the health portion being moved from Health and Career Education K-9 and Planning 10 curricula into the redesigned Physical and Health Education curriculum.

As Career Education is an evolving process of inquiry and self-exploration, the new curriculum is now structured within a framework that recognizes three major elements of development – Awareness, Exploration, and Experience.  Students will transition through each Career developmentelement based on their own personal development and community context.

Kindergarten – Grade 3

Awareness of personal attributes and skills, roles and responsibilities, basic skills required and communication; Exploration of problem solving strategies, working collaboratively; Experience working in groups, developing work habits.

Grade 4 – 5

Awareness of diverse learning styles, mentors, personal public identity, and making connections in communities; Exploration of identifying influences, innovative thinking to solve programs, leadership skills and impact of peer relations; Experience of personal growth, respecting diversity, making connections between work habits and success, setting up short and long term goals.

Grade 6 – 7

Awareness of individual preferences, influence of family and peers on career choices, contributing to the community and flexibility and adaptability skills; Exploration of volunteering and other opportunities outside school, new experiences, respectful communication, impact of personal public identity; Experience project management skills, behaviour in the workplace, safety skills, leadership skills.

Grade 8 – 9

Awareness through self assessments and reflection, importance of workplace safety, needs of community in career choices, indigenous and diverse perspectives in career choices; Exploration of career possibilities and clusters, networking and mentors, curriculum choices; Experience problem solving in workplace, leadership and volunteer experiences, decision-making models, perseverance and resiliency..

Planning 10 (Transition year 2016-2017)

The aim of Planning 10 is to enable students to develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes needed to become self-directed individuals who can access accurate information, make thoughtful decisions, set goals, and take responsibility for key life skill areas. Students learn the processes necessary to effectively manage their graduation, personal health, career and finances.

This course provides opportunities for students:

  • to plan for successful learning in the Graduation Program
  • explore a wide range of post-secondary education and career options
  • develop financial literacy skills related to pursuing their education and career goals
  • begin planning for their transition beyond secondary school

Graduation Transitions Program

(Transition year 2016-2017)

This program builds on Planning 10 and is intended to prepare students for a successful transition to life after secondary school by collecting evidence of their achievements.

Students are encouraged to:

  • take ownership of their own health and learning
  • examine and demonstrate connections between their learning and their future
  • create a plan for their growth and development as skilled, healthy, knowledgeable, participating citizens and exhibit attributes of a BC graduate. The work experience component of this program requires students to complete 30 hours of work experience/community service in a safe environment.

Students will share their plans with members of the school and/or community. These presentations celebrate student learning and provide opportunities for students to reflect on personal growth.

Grade 10 – 12 (Implementation September 2017)

Awareness of global perspectives, economic needs, digital footprint, work-life balance; Exploration of career paths, principals of ethics, equality and equity, labour market information, networks; Experience learning in the community, marketing strategies, analyzing costs associated with transition plans and future options; creating, evaluating and adjusting career and education plan.