November is Canada Career Month. COVID-19, however, has forced the cancellation of career fairs and events within schools and in the community for perhaps the whole of the 2020-2021 academic year. Learn how events across Canada have been adapted to take place online. Share with colleagues how your schools have had to adapt for 2020-2021.
“Canada Career Month” is an initiative of the Canadian Career Development Foundation (CCDF), an organization that seeks to improve access to career services and career education. This year’s theme is “On the move: Stories of Career Resiliency.”
The CCDF offers a showcase of events happening across Canada, provides resources, and invites career development professionals to submit their stories. Go to the On the Move site.
Meet and talk with real people working in a range of occupations and sectors.
Teachers and guidance counsellors who organize career fairs might pick up a few new ideas from the CCDF 18-page resource pack for organizing a “human library.”
Career events during COVID-19
ChatterHigh has always been an online platform and provides career and education exploration activity in a gaming format all year long. Annual competitions are held in the fall and spring. See below for previous articles on ChatterHigh. Go to site.
The Learning Partnership (TLP) went online this year with its annual Grade 9 event: Take Our Kids to Work Day. This year’s slogan was “Bigger, Better, Virtual.”
Your Future, Now is an inspiring, 20-minute pre-recorded event that was designed to kick off TOKW on November 4th. No worries! The messages of hope and resilience shared from a range of workplaces and professionals bring to life real-world skills that lead to success and are worth viewing any day of the year. Go to video.
Four breakout sessions (SKILLED TRADES, INNOVATION AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP, HEALTHCARE, and TECHNOLOGY AND FINANCE) were held the day of the event, and the recorded presentations and accompanying activity sheets are still available online: Go to site.
The TLP also has an Educators’ Guide for 2020 that can be used beyond November 4th. Go to Download.
Share your stories
Let your colleagues know how your school has adapted to deliver career events online. Contact your school board’s representative for GOAL and ACGC to share your experience in The GOAL Post.
Previous Articles in The GOAL Post
November is Career Month!, November 12, 2018
ChatterHigh Seeking Canada’s Most Informed School, October 18, 2016
Canada’s Most Informed Student Contest, April 11, 2016
ChatterHigh – Research, Compete, Have Fun, December 9, 2015
TOKW Fast-forwards Students into the Future, November 17, 2014
About CCDF: Career Development Matters
We are a social enterprise that proudly works to:
- advocate for the career development profession and the clients that we serve;
- prepare Canadians to skillfully navigate and manage transitions across education and work;
- support employers in creating decent work and workplaces that maximize worker satisfaction and productivity;
- assist governments in building quality career education and career/employment services.
We do this by working to address what matters most.
- Preparing youth for the workforce and ongoing learning.
- Building the capacity of workers to skillfully manage their careers.
- Understanding and helping to address the barriers the impede under-represented groups from accessing learning and work opportunities.
- Helping employers to create quality workplaces that maximize worker satisfaction and productivity.
- Reintegrating of adults entering or re-entering work or learning.
- Helping older workers to transition to alternative avenues for work, learning and/or community engagement.