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Creating Pathways

What’s a Pathway? (and what does it have to do with success?)


The first thing you should know about pathways is that they all lead to the same place: work. All work has value, and each of us has an important role to play in God’s creation.

The first couple of years in high school are a time to discover your own unique talents and think about careers that suit your interests. You might even start thinking about life after Grade 12 — apprenticeship, college, university, or work.

Your program pathway is your very own map that leads you to the career that’s right for you. It’s not necessarily a straight line! Your experiences in high school might lead you in a number of possible directions. You’ll try new things and discover more about yourself. And don’t worry about making a wrong turn — your guidance counsellor will be right there to guide you along the way!

Throughout high school, students are introduced to the many opportunities available in each career sector. The Career Studies course helps Grade 10 students explore career interests, pathway choices, and required education and training. Career and volunteer fairs introduce Grade 11 students to potential employers. Cooperative education and youth apprenticeship programs are popular ways to gain experience and learn more about a possible career choice.

Your parents, your teachers, your guidance counsellor and other people close to you can give you good advice.