Ontario's Career Studies Course
The Careers Studies half credit course is a key contributor to the education and career/life planning program in Ontario's secondary schools. The following are examples of new learning that will be included in the enhanced course:
- Budgeting: Students map out or review their current pathways plan, and then itemize the components of the plan to create a budget.
- Credit: Students conduct online research to explore issues related to credit card debt and collaborate on suggested guidelines for acceptable use.
- OSAP: Students use the new OSAP calculator tool to plan for funding of possible post-secondary education.
- Skills: Students develop a personal skills profile using digital tools, and investigate necessary skills in the workplace as well as specific skills they will need for their chosen pathways.
- Plans/Portfolios: Students develop the details of their current goals and build their Individual Pathways Plans.
- Employment: Students develop resources and materials to support the transition into the workforce.
Innovation Creativity and Entrepreneurship
- Inquiry: Teachers facilitate discussion where students generate their own inquiry questions related to entrepreneurship, and then conduct research on their chosen area of focus.
- Local Connections: Students research and make connections to local entrepreneurs.
- Innovation: Students and teachers implement the principles of innovation, creativity and entrepreneurship to identify problems and generate solutions.
- Privacy: Students engage in class discussions about privacy features in social media and explore their privacy rights.
- Digital Footprint: Students explore the concept of a digital footprint, evaluate their own digital presence and set goals for effectively engaging online.
- Online Research: Students investigate and employ effective online research strategies, using advanced search operators to conduct online research related to pathways planning.