Career Centre

Students are welcome to book a career appointment to explore career options, look at education or training requirements in a particular field, and to learn about post-secondary programs and information on scholarships. Appointments are dedicated to Grade 12 students in the first semester, then open up to all grades in the second semester. To book a career appointment with Ms. Spafford, please visit the Learning Commons desk. For help with frequently asked Grade 12 questions, please visit this resource (also available in Spanish) . Check out Scholartree's blog site - an amazing resource that provides a student's perspective on getting into competitive universities, how to apply for scholarships, and managing the transition from high school to post-secondary.   

Check out our Grade 12 Career Information Guide!

Important Dates

Red Deer Health Sciences Career Academy runs August 20-22, 2019 at Red Deer College.  Registration deadline is July 12, 2019.  To register and for more information, please visit

RAP Program Plumbing Opportunity - students who are interested in a RAP program opportunity in the plumbing trade through CAREERS: the Next Generation are asked to see Ms. Spafford before June 7, 2019.

Student for a Day 
A great option for students to decide if a post-secondary institute is the right fit is to go and check it out! Several post-secondary institutes provide the opportunity for prospective students to visit the campus, connect with a currently enrolled student,  and ask them the questions you really want to know. Find out more by becoming a "student for a day" and see if the campus, programs, and services are a good fit for you. Information on student for a day opportunities can be found at most university and college recruitment websites.

Career Planning Information

These resources can help with career planning. Take time to explore your options.

my Blueprint - students are encouraged to create an account to explore careers and post-secondary planning. Taking this step can drastically improve the value of your careers appointment! The access code is stjosephrd. 


myPass - ALL students need to sign up for a myPass account. Students are responsible to manage their academic records and course information. This is a MUST for all grades.

Apply Alberta

Applications to post-secondary institutions in Alberta can be submitted online through Apply Alberta.


Building your career portfolio starts in high school. Students who seek out leadership opportunities, participate in community service or engage in learning outside of school demonstrate the initiative that employers are looking for!  Check out the following opportunities for St. Joseph's students to develop an impressive portfolio that reflects stellar interpersonal and employability skills.

Rotary Youth Leadership Camp

Students age 15-18 who demonstrate passionate citizenship and leadership skills are invited to participate in the Rotary Club's Rotary Youth Leadership Camp held in Chestermere, Alberta from May 9 to May 12, 2019. This program is designed for participants to build upon their leadership skills and connect with like minded peers from Southern Alberta. Students interested in being selected for sponsorship are asked to submit a 200-250 word essay about "Service to Self" along with a short bio to Ms. Spafford by April 4, 2019.

Green and Gold Getaway
Students have never seen the University of Alberta like this before! Green and Gold Getaway is a chance to test out one of Canada's top 5 universities. Only 20 spots are available. The event is open to Grade 11 students in Alberta and will take place May 11-12, 2019. Learn more at Green and Gold Getaway.  


SHAD is a 27-day STEAM and entrepreneurship based enrichment program where participants live at a host university campus outside their hometown while engaging in experiential learning, socio-cultural activities and community building. Through lectures, workshops, labs and team projects, you will learn by doing and leave inspired, unleashed and connected with like-minded youth from across the country. Get a taste of university life living on campus at one of our 17 Canadian host universities while delving into a variety of topics under the guidance of renowned professionals and university professors. The SHAD program is designed for high school students (currently completing Grade 10, 11 or 12). The application deadline for the program is November 19. To apply, please visit SHAD.

Junior Achievement - Company Program

Company Program offers students (Grade 10-12) the opportunity to experience the entire cycle of owning a business.  Students who participate in Company Program will be working together with other Red Deer high school students on teams to develop their very own business plans and experience the running and shutting down of their business. These teams will work with local business mentors and meet at the Donald School Business throughout an 18-week duration.  This is a fantastic opportunity to earn credits and gain eligibility for awards and scholarships attached to the program. For more information, contact Stephanie Jones at Junior Achievement at 780-239-4817 or   


At Soaring, First Nations, Inuit, and Métis students in Grades 9-12 will learn about a myriad of career and post-secondary education options. Gatherings held across Canada, students participate in career workshops, learn about financial support, and meet Canada’s top employers. This event takes place on February 21, 2019, at Calgary Stampede Park. For more information, visit Soaring.


Cybermentor is an online mentoring program for girls in Grades 6 to 12 across Alberta. Girls chat with their mentor through a secure site, to learn about careers and opportunities in science and engineering, discover new interests and gain confidence. The mentors—inspiring women in diverse careers in science, technology, engineering and math—share their experience and motivate the next generation of female scientists and engineers. 

Volunteer Opportunities

Looking for volunteer opportunities in your community? Check out Volunteer Central, a database of volunteer postings by area. Volunteering looks great on a resume and is an important consideration for scholarships! Volunteering is a great way to give back to your community!

Set a Child on a Path to Success as a Reading Pal this Summer! Red Deer Public Library is seeking enthusiastic adults or college/high school students (grade 10+) to volunteer their time as a Reading Pal with elementary school children (grades 1-5) who are struggling with reading and/or writing. You will work with one student for six 1-hour sessions over
a two-week period in a group setting. Training, support and resources are provided. For full details, email

Student Profile Sheet for References

Looking for a reference? Scholarships often require references. Start the process by completing a student profile sheet to outline your accomplishments over the past three years. Click here for a Student Profile Sheet.

The Educational Liaison Association of Alberta (ELAA)

What is ELAA?

  • ELAA is primarily comprised of 28 Alberta post-secondary institutions including colleges, universities, university colleges and technical institutes.
  • ELAA was established to provide information about postsecondary opportunities available in Alberta.

Which institutions are a part of ELAA? Click here to find out!

Additional Websites to Investigate

Career Quizzes