Career Education Curriculum
The Career Education Curriculum supports students in the process of becoming successful, educated citizens by providing them with opportunities to explore a variety of skills, values, and interests to develop a personalized transition plan for life post-graduation. Career Education helps students to discover the bridges between classroom learning and the work place and post-secondary realities; and is intended to help make learning meaningful and relevant. Career Education K-12 is a redesigned provincial curriculum that focuses on the competencies and content that are needed for successful career development and transitional skills. Career Education is an ongoing process that recognizes three major phases of career development: Foundation and Awareness, Exploration, and Experience and Application. This curricular strand is an intentional and ongoing process in developing skills, tools, and experiences for students to have a successful transition plan in place post-graduation.
For more information on our Langley district Career Education program can be found on the following link: https://careered.sd35.bc.ca/welcome/
CAREER EDUCATION 9
Career Education 9 builds on the knowledge from the Career 8 Curriculum and will create a foundation for the Career Life Education Course in grade 10. Students will further explore the knowledge, skills and attributes which are needed as transition skills. Student will further refine studies into personal identity, digital footprints, motivations, goal setting and will begin exploring career options in more depth. The content of this course is embedded in the students’ regular classes, and the concepts started in Career 9 will build toward the knowledge needed to start the Capstone project process in Grade 10. Student will continue to collect artifacts of learning for their Capstone as well.
- Reflecting on our preferences and skills helps us identify the steps we need to take to achieve our career goals.
- The value of work in our lives, communities, and society can be viewed from diverse perspectives.
- Achieving our learning goals requires effort and perseverance.
- Adapting to economic and labour market changes requires flexibility.
- Our career paths reflect the personal, community, and educational choices we make.
CAREER LIFE EDUCATION 10
Career Life Education (CLE) is a course that further recognizes three major phases of career development—Foundation and Awareness, Exploration, and Experience and Application. As students move through Grade 10, they will further refine their understanding of the links between personal development and their career decisions. They will consider regional and global trends to reflect on occupational possibilities, refine their understanding of safety requirements associated with occupational areas and related technologies, and further develop and refine their understanding of career possibilities through planning, practice, and application of competencies and knowledge. Through the CLE course students will also build a design model and executional plan for their future Capstone Project, which is required for graduation.
- Finding a balance between work and personal life is essential to good physical and mental health.
- A network of family, friends, and community members can support and broaden our career awareness and options.
- Learning how to learn prepares us to be lifelong learners who can adapt to changing career opportunities.
- Effective career planning considers both internal and external factors.
- The global economy affects our personal, social, and economic lives and prospects.
- Successful career and education paths require planning, evaluating, and adapting.
CAREER LIFE CONNECTIONS 12 & CAPSTONE
As students move through Grades 11-12 the links between personal development and their career and transition plans are explored in deeper detail. Students will consider educational plans, work plans, finance, scholarships, lifestyles and wellbeing, the importance of mentorship and support networks, and transitional skills. All students will create a personalized transition plan for post-secondary life.
This is a new 4-credit graduation requirement for all students in British Columbia and replaces Graduation Transitions. In it, students will continue to explore a variety of learning outcomes that are directly relevant to their future plans. All Grade 12 students will prepare and present a Capstone Project where students will reflect on a personal passion or interest and share how they have grown and learned in the core competencies and as a global citizen.
- Well-being requires finding a balance of personal health, relationships, work, learning, community engagement, and committed citizenship.
- Being in the world and walking in the world are supported, broadened, and deepened through community involvement and the social experience of building personal networks.
- Careers, education, and life opportunities change over time.
- Building the skills of lifelong learning can help us adapt and thrive.
- Global economies, culture, and sustainability impact and are impacted by personal choices, social choices, and the availability of personal opportunities.
- Career and education paths require ongoing exploration, planning, evaluation, and adaptation
WORK AND VOLUNTEER EXPERIENCE 12A/B (WAVE)
Work and Volunteer Experience (WAVE) 12A and 12B are intended to provide students in grade 10, 11, or 12 with the knowledge and skills to be successful in the world of work and the opportunity to explore career options and pathways. This program is designed to link classroom knowledge and activities to knowledge, skills and attitudes that are required in the workplace. Essentially, WAVE gives students the ability to earn credits from a work and volunteer experience placement. As part of this process, students are expected to complete approximately 30 hours of pre-placement instruction, followed by approximately 80 (for 12A) or 90 (for 12B) hours of work or volunteer experience in their placement.
Students are recommended to complete Career Life Education (MCLE) prior to enrolling in WAVE 12A. Students can apply by completing the WAVE Application form by September 30th of the year they wish to enroll, though it is possible for students to register through the Langley Education Center after that date. Students must complete all the necessary forms and legal documents before they can begin their placement or counting hours.
Wave 12A/B can be paid or unpaid. If the experience is paid, it must be in the students focus area and involve skill development that will assist them in a future career in that area. (Ex: a student with a career goal of becoming a paramedic would not be able to complete Work Experience for working at Tim Hortons).
Wave 12A is the first course a student would enroll in for Work Experience. If the student wishes to continue with Experience after they have completed Wave 12A, they may continue by enrolling in Wave 12. Wave 12B may be at the same employer as Wave 12A or a new one.
Benefits of WAVE:
- Receive four Ministry authorized credits for every 100 hours
- Explore career choices
- Gain valuable experience with workplace situations and equipment • Increase self-confidence and self-awareness
- Potentially leads to a Youth Work in Trades (YWIT) in trades technical areas
- Possibility of paid work after placement
- Gather references and contacts to assist with future job searches