EIPS Career Pathways

April 2022


Career Pathways is designed to develop skills that students can apply in their daily lives when preparing for entry into the workplace or for further learning opportunities. Competencies achieved will allow students to make relevant connections with work and/or post-secondary training.

Our Mission: To provide authentic, relevant, and engaging career opportunities and foster growth and readiness for life after school.

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Did you know?

The top in-demand skilled trades in Alberta are; Automotive Service Technician, Boilermaker, Bricklayer, Carpenter, Cook, Plumber, and Welder. Source: Canadian Apprenticeship Forum (2021). Apprentice Demand: A 2021 Labour Market Information Report Alberta

Top in-demand skilled trades across Canada. Expected number of job openings in top in-demand skilled trades from 2021 to 2025:

  • 17,146 Carpenter

  • 16,362 Cook

  • 14,299 Hairstylist

  • 10,735 Auto Service Technician

  • 10,032 Welder

Summer Employment Opportunity

CareersNextGen has10 RV Technician positions at various locations across Edmonton for this Spring and Summer. Many are able to accommodate part time positions into full time positions.

Six of these positions are at ArrKann at their Edmonton locations. They are being offered both at their East location (1904 80 Ave, Edmonton) and Acheson Location (28712-114 Ave) and two social/media and marketing positions as well. To help inform students about some of these opportunities and positions, ArrKann is offering a Tour and information session on the trade at their Acheson location.

Date: Thursday, April 14th from 3:30PM-5:00PM

Location: ArrKann Trailer and RV Centre ; 28712 114 Ave, Acheson, AB

Students must arrange their own transportation to and from the site. It will include a tour of the shop, an introduction to the RV technician trade, what it has to offer and information about other career paths the industry has to offer. Please have students attend or RSVP to myself tmcdonald@nextgen.org

Pharmacologist Spotlight

Are you fascinated by the way drugs affect our bodies? Can you think critically and communicate well? Can you see yourself working in a laboratory or medical setting? Then you may want to research a career as a pharmacologist.

Know Your Core Skills and How to Sell Them

Core skills are also known as soft skills. Because you can carry these skills from one job to another, they are often called transferable skills. These are the fundamental, teamwork, and personal skills you need to succeed in almost every job. Examples of core skills include teamwork, time management, problem-solving, and communication skills.

Even if you don’t have a lot of work experience, you have developed core skills at work, in school, and while volunteering that can help you get a job. Your challenge is to show a potential employer that you possess these skills and have used them in the past.

What are your core skills? Core skills are grouped into 3 categories: basic or fundamental skills, teamwork or interpersonal skills, and personal skills. The following are some of the skills that an employer or industry may be looking for:

1. Fundamental skills- These are the basic skills that can be the stepping stones of your career.

2. Teamwork skills- These are interpersonal skills that can help a team achieve its goals. Some of these skills are also referred to as people skills.

3. Personal skills- These skills, behaviours, and attitudes will help you succeed not just at work, but in life. You use them every day. They allow you to live in harmony with yourself, your work, your community, and the world in general.

Check it out: https://alis.alberta.ca/look-for-work/know-your-core-skills-and-how-to-sell-them/

Lather (Interior Systems Mechanic) Spotlight

Do you take pride in finishing projects? Are you physically fit and able to work at heights? Are accuracy and attention to detail important to you? Then you may finish your career search by becoming a lather (interior systems mechanic).

Summer School 2022

Registration for EIPS Summer School opens April 19. The Summer School program offers a number of senior high courses that allow students to earn credits, upgrade marks, lighten workloads for the year ahead or finish pre-requisite courses. Registration is open to all current EIPS students, or those registered to attend an EIPS school in 2022-23, who are entering grades 10-12 in 2022-23 or currently in Grade 12.

Summer School returns to in-person learning this year. Classes will take place in Sherwood Park. Courses include:

English Language Arts 20-1, 20-2, 30-1 and 30-2

Social Studies 20-1, 20-2, 30-1 and 30-2

Mathematics 10C, 20-1, 20-2, 30-1 and 30-2

Competencies in Math 15

Science 10

Biology 20 and 30

Chemistry 20 and 30

Physics 20 and 30

Physical Education 10

Career and Life Management (CALM) 20

Extreme CTS: Film Production

Work Experience 15, 25 and 35 and Registered Apprenticeship Program (RAP)

Summer Job Virtual Information Session – Mechanical and Industrial Trades

April 20 from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM


Grade 10-12 students

How are you spending your summer? Interested in finding out more about landing an awesome summer internship? One where you can earn cash AND high school credits? This session will focus on opportunities for Alberta youth in the Mechanical and Industrial Skilled Trades.

Pathway- What is aesthetics?

Aesthetics will take the aesthetician on a journey into a career ripe with opportunity for success and personal satisfaction. The need for professional aestheticians has grown due to consumer demands brought about by a growing population, increased longevity and a new prospective on health and well-being. The more holistic approach to beauty has given birth to a new era that has broadened treatment options and created a much stronger connection between beauty, health and wellness.

Check it out: https://www.skillscompetencescanada.com/en/skill_area/aesthetics/

Acupuncturist Spotlight

Do you value health and traditional healing remedies? Do you want to help people who have health problems? Then you may want to see if a career as an acupuncturist is precisely what you need.

Skills for Success Series

Skills for Success are the skills needed to participate and thrive in learning, work and life.

Communication- Your ability to receive, understand, consider, and share information and ideas through speaking, listening, and interacting with others. For example, we use this skill to listen to instructions, serve customers and discuss ideas.

Why this skill is important? Strong communication skills help you share information in a way that others can clearly understand. You also need strong communication skills to listen to, pay attention to, and understand others. In all jobs, communication skills are important for developing good working relationships with co-workers and clients, including those from different backgrounds and cultures. You also need these skills to work effectively in a team, understand a variety of viewpoints, and to gather and share information while problem solving – whether at work or in your daily life.

Creativity and innovation- Your ability to imagine, develop, express, encourage, and apply ideas in ways that are novel, unexpected, or challenge existing methods and norms. For example, we use this skill to discover better ways of doing things, develop new products, and deliver services in a new way.

Why this skill is important? Creativity and innovation skills help you come up with new, unique, or “outside the box” ideas or to approach something differently than in the past, both at work and outside work. A curious mindset that finds inspiration from a broad range of experiences and perspectives helps develop creativity and innovation skills. Employers are increasingly seeking people who can apply creativity and innovation skills to their work in our increasingly diverse settings, and to come up with new solutions or approaches to tackling challenges. With strong creativity and innovation skills, you can also support and inspire others to develop their own creativity and innovation.

Skills for Success – Creativity and innovation

Creativity can help you come up with a faster way to complete a task, or learn how to balance different priorities. Employers are looking for workers who can think of new ways to get the job done.

Pathway- What is mobile robotics?

Due to improvements in computers and the increasing use of robots, companies must now be able to access and apply these emerging technologies in the design and manufacture of products to remain competitive. The ability to prove that the basic design works, called rapid prototyping, and concurrent engineering, the process in which a design is evaluated and modified by a team, are two of the new methods that industry uses to reduce the time and cost of bringing new products to market.

Check it out: https://www.skillscompetencescanada.com/en/skill_area/mobile-robotics/

Job Talks - Tool and Die Maker

Tool and Die is completely necessary for manufacturing to exist. It all comes down to the initial manufacturing of the die.

Interview Tips to Help You Get the Job

Tips for before the interview. Here are some valuable tips to get ready for your interview:

  • Research the company

  • Practice common interview questions

  • Use the STAR method

  • Choose your interview attire

  • Have copies of your resume and references

  • Prepare specific examples of your work

  • Create a list of questions to ask the interviewers

Tips for during the interview. Review these tips to get ready for the interview:

  • Arrive early

  • Treat everyone with respect

  • Observe workplace dynamics

  • Practice good body language

  • Keep your answers concise

  • Deliver positive answers

  • Reference your accomplishments

Tips for after the interview. You can continue to make a good impression after the interview by following these tips:

  • Send a thank-you note or email

  • Follow up at the right time

  • Keep an open connection

Check it out: https://ca.indeed.com/career-advice/interviewing/interview-tips

Biotechnologist Spotlight

Do you think science is the best thing ever? Are you excited about advances in genetic engineering and nanotechnology? Then you may want to apply your interests to a career as a biotechnologist.

Power Engineering Dual Credit

EIPS Career Pathways is now accepting student applications for the Power Engineering Dual Credit opportunity. Successful applicants will enroll in the Power Engineering program with Northern Lakes College and have the potential to gain steam time toward their Power Engineering certification with one of our industry partners. Power Engineering 4th Class Part A theory is completed asynchronously online from September - May. Steam time placements are determined by the industry partner, and may take place over the summer or during a regularly scheduled semester. This opportunity is contingent upon the student being selected by EIPS and the industry partner, as well as acceptance to Northern Lakes College. Interested students should submit a completed cover letter and resume through this application form by April 15, 2022. For more information contact Kristin Oleksyn directly.

Grades 10-12 students. Prerequisites: successful completion of Math 10C and completed/co-enrolled in ELA20-2

Job Talks - Sous and Pastry Chef

Working on a restaurant line is a rewarding experience. The sense of teamwork and camaraderie is like no-other with everyone working towards the same goal.

Pathway- What is Architectural Technology and Design?

The modern, computer-age version of traditional drafting makes use of architectural CAD. The term CAD stands for Computer Aided Design, a tool which can be used in many adaptations of architectural design. A CAD draftsperson is responsible for developing working drawings, plans, diagrams or layouts based on the sketches, calculations, specification sheets and other data supplied by architects and engineers. These plans describe the size, shape, mechanics and function of structures for the use of construction teams and will be used to prepare detailed blueprints.

Check it out: https://www.skillscompetencescanada.com/en/skill_area/architectural-technology-and-design/

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Apprenticeship Training

Apprenticeship is a training program that combines on-the-job training, work experience, and technical training in a trade. From day 1, apprentices earn a salary for their time on the job. An apprenticeship training program lasts 1 to 4 years depending on the trade. Are you interested in becoming an apprentice?

Check out these resources:

  • Tradesecrets—This Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training website offers information about training, certification, scholarships, financial assistance and more as well as resources for employers, employees and apprentices.
  • Registered Apprenticeship Program (RAP) for high school students—This program allows high school students to earn credits toward an apprenticeship program and a high school diploma at the same time.

Work Experience 15/25/35

Off Campus courses that provide experiential learning activities as part of a planned school program under the supervision of an off-campus education coordinator. Work Experience courses are components of off-campus education learning. These provide opportunities for students to:

  • apply, in the workplace, knowledge, skills and attitudes acquired through other course work
  • discover their career interests and aptitudes in meaningful work activities, situated in community-based work stations and work sites in industry, and community service.
  • earn high school credits

HCS3000: Workplace Safety Systems (1 credit)- is the required prerequisite of the first work experience course taken by a student.

Interested in the Green Certificate Program?

Green Certificate provides students with opportunities to enter a variety of agriculture-related, structured learning pathways as a part of their senior high school program and to earn up to 16 Grade 12 diploma credits and a credential leading to a career in agribusiness. There is no deadline for applications.

Students learn on the job, under the direction of experienced farm personnel and under the supervision and administration of Alberta Agriculture and Forestry (AF) and Alberta Education. Students select one of the specializations and under the guidance of their trainer, work towards mastering all skills within their training program: Beekeeper, Cow calf beef, Dairy, Equine, Feedlot beef, Field crop, Greenhouse, Irrigated field crop, Poultry, Sheep, & Swine production.

Alexander Rutherford Scholarship

To recognize academic achievement of high school students and encourage them to pursue post-secondary studies. $2500. Must have a 75% minimum combined average based on five designated courses in at least one grade, may include any 2 options.

Planning for Post-Secondary: Grade 10 Checklist

Your time in high school will go by quicker than you can imagine. Before you know it, you will have to make decisions about work or school. ​Plan now for success later. Begin exploring your interests. Would you like to pursue related courses or activities after high school?


Planning for Post-Secondary: Grade 11 Checklist

Your time in high school will go by quicker than you can imagine. Before you know it, you will have to make decisions about work or school. Check out the learning and career options that relate to your interests and note the admission requirements for your preferred programs. The choices you make now will open up your choices for the future.


Planning for Post-Secondary: Grade 12 Checklist

Your time in high school has gone by quickly. Before you know it, you will have to make decisions about work or school. Let's ensure you are ready for your transition to post-secondary education and training! Admissions, timelines, money matters, and more...