The aim of Career Education is to enable students to develop the skills they need to become self-directed individuals who set goals, make thoughtful decisions, and take responsibility for pursuing their goals throughout life. Specifically, Career Education provides opportunities for students to plan for successful learning in the Graduation Program, explore a wide range of career and post- secondary education and career options, learn how to set and adapt goals related to career opportunities, understand the importance of work/life balance, develop financial planning skills, understand the economy and its impacts on their career decisions, and create, adapt and evaluate the plans required to pursue post-secondary destinations and career paths.
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In Grade 8 students explore concepts such as identity, leadership, personal planning, and transferable skills. As students build on the foundation developed from their experience in K-5, they begin to explore in greater depth their skills and passions, and begin to determine possible routes to their goals. The concepts started in Career Education 8 will build toward the knowledge needed to start the Capstone project in Grade 10. Students will continue to collect artifacts of learning for their Capstone as well.
Career Education 9 builds on the knowledge from the Career 8 curriculum and will create a foundation for the Career Life Education course in Grade 10. Students will further explore knowledge, skills, and attributes which are needed as transition skills. Students will further refine studies into personal identity, motivations and goal setting. They will also begin exploring career options in more depth. Throughout their Grade 9 year, students will be working through a Capstone project; a project that allows students to showcase their interests, growth and development.
- 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.
Career Life Education (CLE) is a required course for graduation that recognizes three major phases of career development—foundation and awareness, exploration, and experience and application. As students move through Grade 10, they will refine their understanding of the links between personal development and their career decisions. They will consider regional and global trends to reflect on occupational possibilities, refine their understanding of safety requirements associated with occupational areas and related technologies, and further develop and refine their understanding of career possibilities through planning, practice, and application of competencies and knowledge. Through the CLE course, students will also learn about their Capstone Project, which they will complete in Grade 12 and is required for graduation.
- Finding a balance between work and personal life is essential to good physical and mental health.
- A network of family, friends, and community members can support and broaden our career awareness and options.
- Learning how to learn prepares us to be lifelong learners who can adapt to changing career opportunities.
- Effective career planning considers both internal and external factors.
- The global economy affects our personal, social, and economic lives and prospects.
- Successful career and education paths require planning, evaluating, and adapting.
To be taken in Grade 12
This course is required for graduation. Students will be required to complete the two components of the course: curricular work and a final Capstone project. This is a culminating project which students will demonstrate their learning and growth in an area of interest or passion. At the conclusion of the course, students will present their Capstone project in a final presentation.
Students enrolled in the AP Capstone Research Course will receive Career Life Connections/Capstone 12 credits via completion of the Research course.
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Prerequisite: in Grade 11 or 12
WAVE 12A and 12B is intended to provide students in Grade 11 or 12 with the knowledge and skills to be successful in the world of work and the opportunity to explore career options and pathways. This program is designed to link classroom knowledge and activities to knowledge, skills, and attitudes that are required in the workplace. WAVE 12 generates four credits based on every 100 hours of work experience. Students must have completed Career Life Education and 20 hours of curriculum in WAVE 12A in order to be considered for Work Experience. Students can apply by completing the “Career WAVE” Application Form available from our Career Advisor.
WAVE can be paid or unpaid and students must complete all the necessary forms and legal documents before they can begin counting hours.
WAVE allows Grade 11 and 12 students in the Langley School District to earn graduation credits for paid and unpaid work and explore careers with a local employer or organization. Students will complete assignments to prepare them for an interview and to work safety. They will then attend an employer’s workplace for an 80 to 90-hour placement as an entry-level employee and/or job shadow.
Grade 11 and 12 students can:
- Earn graduation credits for paid or volunteer work.
- Explore a new occupation/industry or improve skills with your current employer or organization.
- Get experience in almost any industry: arts, business, trades, IT, health care & more.
- Work outside of school hours at a real workplace (weekends, summer, etc.).
- Find your own employer or connect with the assistance of a teacher.