EIPS Career Pathways

March 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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Your Future: Post-Secondary and Career Fair

Thinking about attending post-secondary school after graduation? Exploring career options? Not sure on the career or sector? Plan to attend the hybrid spring session of Your Future: Post-Secondary and Career Fair- March 10, 2022.

The in-person portion of the event brings together a variety of colleges, universities, polytechnic, private schools and sector experts in one place. Meanwhile, the virtual component includes additional opportunities to attend sessions from several colleges, universities and sector experts. Both events are free and open to all students in grades 9 through 12.

Participating students and family members—attending both the in-person and virtual sessions—will have the chance to meet with representatives from each attending post-secondary institutions, ask questions, talk to experts about various career sectors, learn about future career trends, plus much more.

Event Details:

March 10, 2022 In-person: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Strathcona County Agora 401 Festival Lane, Sherwood Park

Virtual: Times and schedule to be confirmed

Visit www.eips.ca/students/your-future for the list of vendors.

Electroneurophysiology (ENP) Technologist Spotlight

Are you emotionally mature? Are you good at explaining things? Do you enjoy using computers and electronic equipment?

YWITT - Automotive & Mechanical Trades

Thursday, March 17 5:00-6:00 p.m. Register

Young Women in Trades and Technologies (YWITT) is a program designed to break barriers and give young women the opportunity and confidence to explore different career options in non-traditional skilled trades and technologies. This registration is for female identifying students who are currently in grades 9 to 12,

MECHANICAL TRADES. If you're interested in: Automotive Service Technician, Auto Body Technician, Heavy Equipment Technician, Parts Technician, Mechanical Engineer, Motorcycle Mechanic and more.

Dietitian Spotlight

Are you passionate about good food? Are you interested in helping people learn about nutrition?

Top Soft Skills for 2022

Soft skills consist of a combination of people, social, and communication skills, character traits, attitudes, and mindsets, as well as social and emotional characteristics, among others, which are sought for in all professions. Studies also attest to it - 97% of employers say that soft skills are either as important or more important than hard skills and that more than half of new employees that fail within 18 months do so because they lack soft skills. Check out the article: https://novoresume.com/career-blog/soft-skills

In 2022, the most in-demand soft skills are as follows:

  • Time management, Communication, Adaptability, Problem-solving, Teamwork, Creativity, Leadership, Interpersonal skills, Work ethic, Attention to detail
Identify careers that are tailored to your interests

See where your interests lie, and explore what type of jobs would suit you well. Take the quiz that will help you identify possible career paths based on what you like or are good at.

Skills for Success Series

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

Adaptability- Your ability to achieve or adjust goals and behaviours when expected or unexpected change occurs, by planning, staying focused, persisting, and overcoming setbacks. For example, we use this skill to change work plans to meet new deadlines, learn how to work with new tools and improve our skills through feedback.

Why this skill is important- Major changes in society are affecting how you work, live, and learn and require you to constantly adapt to change. Strong adaptability skills will help you deal effectively with change and to learn new skills and behaviours when needed, stay focused on your responsibilities and goals, and not give up when situations are difficult. They will help you stay positive and manage the stress that can come from change in the workplace, community, and your life at home.

Collaboration- Your ability to contribute and support others to achieve a common goal. For example, at work we use this skill to provide meaningful support to team members while completing a project.

Why this skill is important- Today people are more connected within communities, across the country, and around the world. Modern workplaces are more diverse, and many jobs require you to work with others from different backgrounds and cultures to complete tasks and solve problems. It is important to be able to work respectfully with people who have different professions, experiences, cultures, and backgrounds.

Collaboration skills help you perform better in a team by understanding how to support and value others, manage difficult interactions and contribute to the team’s work.

Strong collaboration skills help you build and maintain positive relationships with others at work, in school, and in other parts of your life.

Skills for Success – Adaptability

Adaptability means being able to quickly adjust to new situations, and it is a skill that everyone can benefit from acquiring. The world is changing quickly, affecting how we work, live and learn.

Pathway- What is IT – Network Systems Administration?

ITs install and maintain multi-platform networking computer environments, a variety of data networks, and a diverse set of telecommunications infrastructures. ITs schedule information gathering for content in a multiple system environment. ITs are responsible for the operation, programming, and configuration of many pieces of electronics, hardware and software. ITs also investigate, troubleshoot, and resolve end-user problems. ITs conduct ongoing assessments of short and long-term hardware and software needs for companies, developing, testing, and implementing new and revised programs.

Check it out: https://www.skillscompetencescanada.com/en/skill_area/it-network-systems-administration/

Toxicologist Spotlight

Can you see yourself figuring out what's harmful for living things? Can you think critically? Can you answer complex questions? Do you like working with instruments and live animals?

Careers Virtual Showcase

Mechanical Trades

Wednesday, March 23 6:00-7:30 p.m. Register

Are you interested in cars, trucks, engines, or mechanics? Do you have a talent for maintaining and repairing things? The mechanical trades could be for you. In these skilled trades, you can work with equipment like automobile vehicles, motorhomes, motorcycles, or heavy equipment machinery in a variety of industries. Mechanical tradespeople help keep our communities moving. Mechanical trades include: Auto Service Technician, Heavy Equipment Technician, Auto Body Technician, Parts Technician, and more.

Interview Skills: 7 Advanced Tips & Examples

Want to sharpen your interview skills? Need to land a second interview? We know that job interviews are tough, especially virtual interviews. In this video, you’ll learn 7 advanced tips for taking your interview skills to the next level.

Preparing for an interview

An employer will often interview several qualified applicants for a job. An interview can be a simple, informal meeting between you and your potential employer, or it can be a formal interview between you and a group of people with set questions. To prepare, learn about interviews according to four steps:

  1. Planning
  2. Interview materials
  3. Interview
  4. After the interview
Job Talks - Excavator Operator

A career in construction as a Bulldozer Operator and later an Excavator Operator. Job Talks Construction introduces students, parents, teachers and counsellors to exciting careers in the construction industry.

Pathway- What is CNC machining?

Computer numerical control (CNC) technology is used by machinists to operate a variety of manufacturing tools and equipment in the production of metal parts. These parts must be made to exacting standards, and the machinist uses precision measuring instruments to ensure accuracy and that the parts meet quality guidelines. A machinist reads and interprets specifications and blueprints, calculates dimensions and tolerances, lays out their work and marks pieces for machining. They then set up, program and operate their machine tools, such as CNC metal turning lathes, to cut or grind the metal into parts or products to the precise specifications of engineers or designers. They fit and assemble the machined metal parts and subassemblies, and verify their dimensions, strength and hardness.

Check it out: https://www.skillscompetencescanada.com/en/skill_area/cnc-machining/

Glazier Spotlight

Does the idea of giving people a clear view to the world appeal to you? Do you like building frames and working with glass?

Pathway- What is welding?

Welding involves the joining of metals using manual, semi-automatic and automatic arc welding equipment. Welders generally plan their work from drawings and blueprints and may use hand tools and machines to fabricate, assemble and welding to make products. Manual welding is controlled entirely by the welder, while semi-manual welding uses machines to perform some of the tasks. Welding provides a lucrative and rewarding career, with highly transferable skills and can offer very diverse work and challenges.

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

Job Talks - Panel Installer

As a Panel Installer installs the walls and the floors of a house. Job Talks Construction introduces students, parents, teachers and counsellors to exciting careers in the construction industry.

Alberta Envirothon

Alberta Envirothon is a team-based academic environmental education competition for high school students in grades 9-12.

WHAT IS ENVIROTHON? The Alberta Envirothon is a high school competition where teams compete on their knowledge of environmental science and natural resources through a series of field stations, written tests and an oral presentation of the team’s solution to a complex environmental issue. Winning team is eligible to represent Alberta at the NCF – Envirothon (international competition). The purpose of the Alberta Envirothon is to develop knowledgeable, skilled and dedicated citizens who are enabled to solve complex environmental issues, act as stewards of the environment and have a desire to learn more about the environment and natural resources management. Registration deadline is March 18 https://albertaenvirothon.org

Minister’s Youth Council Recruitment

Recruitment for the 2022/23 Minister’s Youth Council is open. They are looking for approximately 40 junior and senior high school students between the ages of 14 and 19, with diverse interests, identities, backgrounds and perspectives from across Alberta to join. Participating in the council will give students the opportunity to make a real impact on Alberta’s education system, build their leadership skills and leave a legacy that will last for generations to come.

The deadline for students to apply is March 25, 2022. For more information, please visit alberta.ca/student-engagement.

WISEST Summer Research Program (SRP)

The WISEST Summer Research Program (SRP) is more than a summer job! Students finishing grade 11 work for six weeks as paid research assistants under the guidance and mentorship of the University of Alberta faculty members and graduate students. The program will take place July 4 - August 12, 2022.

The program experience gives students the skills and knowledge they need to succeed in university and in science, engineering and technology fields. Students build their confidence to succeed in fields where their gender is underrepresented. WISEST accepts applications for: Young women and gender diverse students interested in science, engineering and technology. *Application deadline: 11:59 pm March 25, 2022

Stop The Dropout- A generation of women in science

Historically, women have faced a number of obstacles to achieve recognition and success in science. Yet, their contribution to science is vital as we thrive to build a more sustainable, equitable and inclusive world.

Elevate Aviation Virtual Tour

From March 7-11, our virtual tour will will host 3 one-hour sessions, with an opportunity to hear from three different speakers per session. Attendees must register in advance for each session. Register here https://elevateaviation.ca/programs/tours/

Women’s contributions to aviation and aerospace are crucial to the future of the industry. With looming occupational shortages and a desire for greater diversity, the need to promote aviation careers to women and girls is more important than ever.

The Cross Country Tour is free of charge. This is an opportunity for women of all ages to explore the variety of careers available in aviation and hear from women who are passionate about what they do. You will hear stories and learn some really cool things about careers such as Aircraft Maintenance Engineer, Air Traffic Controller, Pilot, Aerospace Engineer, and a variety of Airport Operations roles.

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.
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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...