One of the unique features of the Ontario Secondary School Diploma is that all students are required to undertake a Careers Class in Grade 10 as part of the guidance and career education program. This year-long course (intertwined with Healthy Active Living) is an excellent springboard into postsecondary research and career exploration.
Career Studies (GLC2O) Course Description:
The course teaches students how to develop and achieve personal goals for future learning, work, and community involvement. Students will assess their interests, skills, and characteristics and investigate current economic and workplace trends, work opportunities, and ways to search for work. The course explores postsecondary learning and career options, prepares students for managing work and life transitions, and helps students focus on their goals through the development of a career plan.
You can access the Grade 10 Career Studies (GLC2O) course overview here. The website used to support Career Studies can be accessed here
The Place of Guidance and Career Education in the Curriculum
Taken from the Ontario Ministry of Education Website:
This course gives students the opportunity to develop the skills, knowledge, and habits that will support them in their education and career/life planning. Students will learn about global work trends, and seek opportunities within the school and community to expand and
strengthen their transferable skills and their ability to adapt to the changing world of work. On the basis of exploration, reflective practice, and decision-making processes, students will make connections between their skills, interests, and values and their postsecondary options, whether in apprenticeship training, college, community living, university, or the workplace. They will set goals and create a plan for their first postsecondary year. As part of their preparation for the future, they will learn about personal financial management – including the variety of saving and borrowing tools available to them and how to use them to their advantage – and develop a budget for their first year after secondary school.