A Guide to Career Conversations - Ottawa Employment Hub

A Guide to Career Conversations

With the rapidly changing world of work and uncertainty about what the jobs of the future will look like, youth can feel stressed about making education and career decisions. Parents, educators and other trusted advisors (mentors, employers, relatives, coaches, etc.) may not always know how to best guide them on their path through school and first work experiences. 

Looking at what jobs and education options are out there is only part of the picture. You also need to draw out and identify interests and encourage developing skills to explore their fit with the world of work. No one will have all of the answers – the goal is to make informed decisions while navigating the intersecting pathways of school and work.

The most important thing to remember is to start the conversation early – create career curiosity and build career literacy skills for both yourself and the young person you are supporting. This guide is designed to help you get the conversation going and to introduce you to tools and information that can help you move forward together.

“Coherent career practice is not a ‘component’ to add to the 21st century learning picture. It is the larger frame within which the picture is placed.” – BC School Superintendents Association, 2017

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Exploring Careers With Children (Grades K-6)

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Guiding Pre-Teens        (Grades 7-8)

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Supporting Teens In School (Grades 9-12)

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Teacher Guide

The Teacher Guide will help educators understand the top skills wanted by employers post-COVID-19 in order to be able to design relevant and engaging lesson plans related to career exploration based on up to date labour market information and trends.


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Student activities

Career exploration activities follow the stages of the Career Path Cycle and can be easily integrated into dynamic lesson plans that integrate up to date labour market resources allowing students the opportunity to explore each stage and gain confidence in themselves and their skills for the new world of work.

Occupation Outlooks Activity

Labour Market Bulletin Activity

Top 5 Career Skills in Demand Activity

Network Mind Map Activity