Determining what job you would like to do for the rest of your life is a hard decision!  Apprenticeships are like on the job training with some school component.  Colleges will teach you the skills and information necessary to perform a particular job.  Universities will teach you skills like research, communication, analysis and critical thinking that you can apply to many types of positions and job areas.  Here is a summary of the differences and similarities of all three…

App Coll Uni Comparison Chart


Steps to an apprenticeship


This site will help you discover the facts about a career in the skilled trades and how an apprenticeship can help you earn while you learn.


Is there a particular job sector you’d like to investigate?  Here are some links to get you started…new links are added regularly as we discover them!

The Ontario Civil Construction Careers Institute – Providing youth with insight into the Civil Construction industry and the many career opportunities that it provides.

Certified General Accountants – You can access lots of information from the CGA of Ontario website.

The Ontario Forestry Association – Find out about many different careers in the forestry sector.


PSW Information Sessions offered through CDSBEO



Not sure what to do after high school?  Need help finding a job?

That’s ok.  But not taking any action about it is not ok (especially if you are in grade 12!).  Think about what you like and dislike.  What working conditions appeal to you?  Do you like to stay up late or get up early?  Use some of the resources below to begin your quest!

Career Cruising – Career Cruising is a helpful website to help you discover your interests and link those to potential careers.  Ask your Gr 10 Careers or Discovering the Workplace teacher for the free login and password, or come to Guidance and we can share it with you too!

Government of Canada – Planning a Career – Services for Youth – Deciding on a career can seem like an overwhelming task if you’re not sure what you want to do in the future. This page will help guide you through the career planning process. It points out some important things for you to consider as you choose the career path that’s right for you.

Ministry of Training, Colleges, and Universities –  If you’re undecided when it comes to choosing a postsecondary program, you’re not alone.   According to the MTCU, 70% of first year students change their major by 2nd year.  The following links can help you assess your interests and strengths and find a program and jobs that matches these skills.

My Career Info – This website is designed to help students, graduates and entry-level employees match their education, skills, desires and goals to jobs.  The student-friendly site features resumé and interview tips, online budgeting tools, information on job market trends, and extensive job listings (some job listings may be targeted to students in college or university).

Canadian Career Academy – Employment Resource Centre – Carleton Place – The ERC offers a full suite of employment services under the Employment Ontario umbrella.  Any unemployed or under employed individual may use this program. Employed individuals expecting a job loss and students entering the workforce are all welcome for assistance.

Algonquin College Career Explorer – Take this quick survey and discover which college programs match your responses.  You can use the online resources to discover more about the Algonquin Programs.

Ottawa U Career Services – A variety of tools and resources available online for you to access.