Career Guidance

Career guidance involves students in research, problem-solving, and decision-making related to planning for post-secondary education, training or employment.

From Kindergarten to Grade 12, students are supported in identifying their personal interests, strengths, needs and aspirations and in using this knowledge of themselves to inform their choices of programs and learning opportunities, as well as to plan towards their future aspirations.  Throughout their schooling, students are given opportunities to think about how they can shape their future by reflecting on the 4 questions outlined below:

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For further information, please read Creating Pathways to Success, which is the career development policy for Ontario Schools. 

The newly revised Grade 10 Career Studies course provides a more focused opportunity for students to reflect on what they have learned about themselves at a key time in their education. While exploring the career opportunities that are available to them, their own interests, values, and goals, and their particular pathway options, students will also learn about the skills, strategies, and resources that can help them adapt to change and challenges and become lifelong learners. 

All of our secondary schools also have guidance staff available to discuss career options, training and educational opportunities throughout a student’s high school years. We also offer related sources on youth apprenticeship programs

Co-operative Education is a ministry-approved program that allows students to earn secondary school credits with practical experience in the workplace. Partnerships between educators and businesses provide students with training and work experience.

The Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM) program  encourages students to 

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focus on a career path that matches their skills and interests while meeting their graduation requirements. The SHSM is a valued part of the Renfrew County District School Board (RCDSB) grade 11 and 12 students' pathways.

Working in partnership with the Ontario Ministry of Education, the Student Success (link to new Student Success page) program aims to improve the learning experience for Grade 7 to 12 students, and especially those who are struggling, who need extra attention to help them graduate or who are looking for new challenges in high school.