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 Mrs. Bennington, please email janet.bennington@rdcrs.ca or stop by the SSC.

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 St. Joseph High School Grade 12 Career Information Guide

Important Dates and Career Planning Information

Are you interested in a career in marine engineering or marine navigation?  Canadian Coast Guard application deadline is February 18, 2022

ELAA is planning a virtual post secondary fair on November 25.    ELAA is comprised of Alberta post-secondary institutions including colleges, universities, and technical institutes; the RCMP, and Canadian Forces.  Their mandate is to connect students with information and resources to inform their next steps in career development and education.

Students (parents, counsellors and teachers are welcome too!) can register in advance for these events by visiting here and clicking on the “Click Here to Register” button

U of A Getaway offers 20 lucky grade 11 students the chance to spend a weekend experiencing exciting events where students will stay in residence, explore state-of-the-art facilities, learn about our 200+ programs, discover hidden gems on campus, and experience all the U of A has to offer!  Deadline is January 28, 2022

Red Deer College is happy to provide you with information on the JumpStart program for the 2021-2022 school year

If you’re  not familiar with it, RDC’s JumpStart program provides current grade 11 and 12 students the opportunity to take university level courses, free of charge, thus giving you a jumpstart on your education at RDC. Class tuition is free for Jumpstart students, and only course materials are not covered by RDC.

For more information, please contact the School of Arts & Sciences.

Students who are over 18 and interested in gaining required volunteer hours for programs in Social work or to develop their experience and skills for resume development are encouraged to contact Bethany Care Collegeside. The agency is seeking volunteers to provide tech support to seniors, meal companions, porters and pet therapy. For further information, contact Kimberly at 403 357 3702.

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. 

ALIS

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.  Please contact Mrs. Bennington to request an Apply Alberta account appointment

Opportunities:

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 transferable interpersonal and employability skills.

Verna J. Kirkness Science and Engineering Education Program was developed in 2008 to increase the number of FNMI students graduating from post-secondary programs in science and engineering. In addition to doing a research project, students will spend time at the Indigenous Student Centre, learn about financial assistance options and experience what it would be like to live in a residence.   More information can be found at https://www.vjkf.org/

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. 

Shad Canada is a STEAM and entrepreneurship program for students in Grade 10 and 11. Students are invited to experience 27-days living on campus at a Canadian university in July to experience an ambitious schedule of STEAM and entrepreneurship-oriented labs, seminars and hands-on workshops and a design challenge amongst their peers. 

RDC JumpStart! is a program geared towards current eligible high school students to take university-level courses that will count for credit towards RDC programs in Arts and Sciences.    

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 readingpals@rdpl.org.

Students who are interested in volunteering at the Red Deer Regional Hospital can find more information here.

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

www.highschoolcareercounsellor.ca

Career Quizzes