Big Ideas

  • 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.

Curricular Competencies:

  • Personal Development:
      • goal-setting strategies
      • self-assessment for career research
      • reflection
    • project management
  • Connections to Community
    • local and global needs and opportunities
    • cultural and social awareness
    • factors affecting types of jobs in the community
    • career value of volunteering
  • Life and Career Plan
    • graduation requirements
    • roles of mentors, family, community, school and personal network in decision-making
    • influence of technology in learning and working
    • workplace safety
    • hazard evaluation and control
    • rights and responsibilities of the worker
    • emergency procedures
    • role of community, school, personal network and mentorship in career planning

Resources for Gr. 8-9:

OverDrive (digital or eBooks)

Log in to OverDrive, go to to “Collections” in the menu near the top of the home page and choose “Grade 8/9+ for BC’s New Curriculum”, which will include books for Career Education.  Search under keyword ‘careers’ to find materials such as:

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Entrepreneurship: Create your Own Business by Alex Kahan (Grades 4-8)

From the early days of traders and trappers to today’s global online marketplace, business is the glue that holds our world together. In Entrepreneurship: Create Your Own Business, students learn what it takes to transform a great idea into their own new business. Through plenty of hands-on activities, art and history meet economics and math while readers gain a solid understanding of how a business works.

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Life Skills by Mark Twain Media (Grades 5+)

Guide students in grades 5 and up toward a healthy lifestyle, both physically and financially, using Life Skills: Preparing Students for the Future. This 128-page book covers topics such as work ethic, nutrition, exercise, sexually transmitted diseases, drugs, and preparing financially for the future. Graphic organizers, self inventories, puzzles, real-life situations, and activities provide creative opportunities for students to assess their own lifestyles and make good choices for the future.

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See you Later, Procrastinator! by Pamela Espeland  (Gr. 4-8)

Kids today are notorious for putting things off—it’s easy for homework and chores to take a backseat to playing video games, hanging out with friends, watching television, or surfing online. Full-color cartoons and kid-friendly text teach kids how to get motivated, stay motivated, and get things done. Kids learn 12 reasons why people procrastinate and 12 Procrastination Busters that can help; 20 ways to kiss procrastination good-bye; tips for avoiding setbacks like the dreaded Domino Effect; and Mighty Motivators and Fun Rewards to keep them on track. See You Later, Procrastinator! gives kids ways to kick the procrastination habit and feel more in charge of their lives.

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Starting your Own Business by Cecilia Minden (Grades 4-8)

Do you have a great idea? Do you think customers would pay to buy your product or service? Read this book to learn more about starting your own business and why good math skills are necessary if you want to make your business a success.

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The Teen’s Ultimate Guide to Making Money When You Can’t Get a Job by Julie Fryer (Grade 6+)

Making money is about making smart decisions. The Teen’s Ultimate Guide to Making Money When You Can’t Get a Job will put you on the right track to start earning your spending money, even if you cannot land a traditional first job. You will learn how to start exploring other options, such as pet sitting, babysitting, and tutoring. You will also grasp just how to leverage the Internet to help you make money by taking paid surveys, blogging, or even teaching your parents and their friends how to use social networks. Most importantly, you will discover how to take your hobbies and turn them into your personalized income generator.

Explore Money with 25 Great projects

In Explore Money! With 25 Great Projects, money is more than something to earn, save, and spend. It’s an opportunity to explore history, art, science, economics, and math! While checking out the change in their pockets and bills from their banks, young readers search for hidden treasures, learn how money can multiply, and see how countries keep their currency secure. Very large and very small numbers take on a new relevance when seen through the lens of money.

What Colour is your Parachute? for Teens  Carol Christen  (high school & college age)

No idea what you want to be? No worries! This fun, rewarding guide draws on the time-tested principles of the career classic What Color Is Your Parachute? to help you discover your passions, skills, and potential college majors and dream jobs.  Why now? Because when you identify your interests and passions early, you can make informed decisions on what additional schooling (and tuition debt) makes sense for your chosen field. With fresh updates on the specific challenges of today’s job-market, this new edition features activities and advice on information interviewing, social media, internships, and more. Most importantly, it’s packed with big-picture advice that will set you up to land the job that’s perfect for who you are–and who you want to be.

101 Ways to Be Smart about Money  by Rebecca Vickers

This book gives 101 facts and tips that will help readers save and spend wisely. Information on credit also included.

L4U (campus library)

Life-Shaping Decisions:  Applying God’s Word to Career Planning by Rick Horne.

Life-shaping decisions is not so much about discovering the will of God for your life as it is about discovering the unique way that God has gifted you with talents and abilities for His Glory.

God’s Purpose for Your Life by Barbara Wentroble

Recognizing God’s call on your life — Responding to the call — Growing in the call — A firm foundation for the call — Called to different arenas of life — Why is all this happening? — The fourth man in the furnace — Receiving a new identity — Relationships for destiny — Overcoming Jezebel and controlling spirits — Breaking out of the old place — Transition challenges — New level, new devil — Mentoring the next generation — Eagles of God.

Wide Awake by Erwin McManus

Argues that God intends his followers to live heroic lives, discusses eight attributes of greatness, and offers advice on how individuals can discover them and begin living wide awake.

What Colour Is Your Parachute? for Teens  Discovering Yourself, Defining Your Future

Presents a guide for teens on planning a career, providing advice on how to pursue a dream job, including tips on writing resumes, conducting online job searches, starting a business, making contacts, interviewing, and negotiating salaries.

Hot Jobs in Video Games  Cool Careers in Interactive Entertainment by Joe Funk.

A comprehensive guide to pursuing a career in the field of video game development.

Model Me:  Job Skills  from Model Me Kids (ages 15-21)

DVD models social skills helpful for gaining and maintaining employment. The video is hosted by the young adults in the video, who narrate each scene. The visual is combined with narration and graphics that help explain the particular rule. Each social skill is demonstrated in more than one situation and across environments. This is useful to individuals with Autism because it helps with generalization of the skill taught.

Bonus: Model Me Job Skills™ Interactive Software
The DVD comes with bonus software that combines video modeling teaching tools with the interactive capability of software, allowing a student to practice a conversation using a webcam.


For enrolled families to access the thirty+ online subscriptions available to them, please go to your parent homepage in Encom.  From the menu along the top, choose “Curriculum Resources”.  Then scroll down to find the links and passwords for all the subscriptions available to you; the ones listed below are all free to you.  For more information go to subscriptions in the Learning Commons. → Resources (on the top menu) → British Columbia → “Career Education” in the menu on the left → scroll down to choose “Career Education 6 to 9” on the main page.  After that, scroll down the menu on the left to “Age Group”, choose “13-14” and click on the “Apply Filters” button below.  Alternatively, start by choosing “Categories” on the main menu at the top, then choose “Business” from the drop-down menu, after which you can choose the category of your choice.  Note that every item will have the appropriate age range (age 5-8, 9-12, 13-14 or 15-17) highlighted.

Discovery Education Streaming → Log in to Careers/Work Place Skills, and to the right, choose the grade: 6-8 or 9-12. Students can can then choose from the following topics: Education, Engineering, Environmental Occupations, Health, Human Services, Marketing and Sales, Media and Arts, Personal and Building Services, Production Occupations, Professional Specialty Occupations, Scientific Occupations, Technical and Related Occupations, Technology, Transportation and Material Moving Occupations and lastly, Workplace Skills.

EVERFI – Ignition (using technology safely – Gr. 6-9);  Healthier Me: Wellness Fundamentals for Middle School (making healthy, informed decisions when it comes to nutrition. Gr. 6-8);  Character Playbook (key concepts around positive character development, social-emotional learning (SEL), and building healthy relationships. Gr. 7-9) Demo videoVenture – Entrepreneurial Expedition (important basic business skills – Gr. 7-10) Demo video.

Explora High School → Log in to Explora Secondary with the username & password that you will find on your parent home page in Encom under ‘Curriculum Resources’.  For other EBSCO databases go to other databases.

GALE CENGAGE Learning and GALE Databases:  (Grades 8-12)  Log in through the parent home page in Encom under “Curriculum Resources” to find the GALE databases:  “Canada in Context”,  “Global Issues in Context”, “Gale Virtual Reference Library”, “Science in Context” and “Global Reference on the Environment, Energy and Natural Resources”.

Sign up for a Kidblog account to present your portfolio digitally, and develop a personal learning network in a safe, moderated environment.

Learn360 → Log in to Learn360 and then choose Careers & Job Search,  Guidance & Counseling or Technical & Vocational Education. (Choose your subject, then go to the “Filters” on the right and check “6-8” or “9-12”).  In Learn360 students can find videos on ‘goals’, ‘self assessment’, ‘projects’, ‘personal networking’ and many more.

RightNow media → Search under Youth for leadership, and for different themed topics around careers, work and friendship.

World Book Advanced (Gr. 8-12)  Log in through the parent home page in Encom under “Curriculum Resources”.  Students can search using the search bar or choose “Advanced Search” which allows many other search options.  Be sure to note the “Research and Resources” heading at the top right-hand of the page.  In this same right-hand navigation, students can set up “My Research” to save World Book and other internet information.  Photos are all public domain in World Book.  You can also choose “For Educators” at the bottom of the page for “Educator Tools”, including finding materials correlated to the BC Standards. (You will have to use a different browser than Google Chrome to make this feature work.)

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