November 2019 Career Newsletter

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 email janet.spafford@rdcrs.ca or stop by the Career Centre.

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:

Rock the Diploma - Lindsay Thurber Comprehensive High School is hosting diploma prep weekends to support Central Alberta high school students for exam preparation.  Weekend courses cost $135.00 and offer students 15 hours of instruction and review with RTD teachers, downloadable study notes and practice exams. Registration forms can be found here or call 403-356-5315 to register.

Alberta University of the Arts is holding its annual Show Off Competition for students in grades 10-12. There are over $30,000 in prizes to be won including the grand prize - the AUArts Show Off! Entrance Scholarship which covers tuition for your first year of studies at AUArts. Deadline is December 31, 2019. As well, the award winners high school art program will receive a matching grant!

University of Alberta Green and Gold Getaway 2020 - Students in Grade 11 are invited to check out U of A for the weekend of May 22-24, 2020.  There are only 20 spots available for this opportunity!

Post Secondary Open Houses

Open houses at post-secondary institutes provide students and parents the opportunities to tour the campus, ask questions, and find out more information about programs and services. Take the information off the website and brochures a step further by visiting the campus to determine if it is a good fit!  For a list of open house dates in Alberta, visit the ELAA website.

Student for a Day 
A great option for students to decide if a post-secondary institution 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.

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!

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. 

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.

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.

Additional Websites to Investigate

www.highschoolcareercounsellor.ca

Career Quizzes