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

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.

Yale University is inviting students to Artful Leadership and Critical Thinking Program which begins July 10th. This unique program uses techniques of curiosity, observation, listening, empathy, analysis, and expression to nurture cross-cultural sensibilities. The program aims to build a playful approach towards problem-solving that goes beyond the obvious. Applications are open now.

The Innovators Academy at LOI is calling all youth aged 14-25 interested in entrepreneurship, innovation, or changemaking! The Impact Entrepreneurship Youth Summer Camp 2021 is a free month-long summit featuring 2 hour week webinars with inspiring entrepreneurs, changemakers and leaders sharing their powerful stories and best practices through keynotes, panels, workshops and more. At the end of the camp, youth will have the opportunity to pitch their own innovative ideas for prizes. The event starts on Tuesday, July 6th. Register here: https://impact-summer-camp-2021.eventbrite.ca

ELAA is planning a two-week Spring 2021 post-secondary recruitment season.  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.

The Spring ELAA dates and times are as follows:

  • Tuesday, April 20: 6:00pm - 8:00pm
  • Wednesday, April 21: 11:00am - 2:00pm
  • Thursday, April 22: 5:00pm - 7:00pm
  • Tuesday, April 27: 6:00pm - 8:00pm
  • Wednesday, April 28: 3:00pm - 6:00pm
  • Thursday, April 29: 5:00pm - 7:00pm

Students (parents, counsellors and teachers are welcome too!) can register in advance for these events by visiting https://elaa.6connex.com/event/alberta/student/login and clicking on the “Click Here to Register” button

Bow Valley College is virtually showcasing their new Centre for Entertainment Arts on May 6, 2021 at 10 AM.  Students with career pursuits in animation, visual effects (VFX), or game design are encouraged to attend to gain further information in unique programs coming January 2022 to this beautiful downtown Calgary campus! Registration required.

The Student Connect Centre at RDC will be holding a virtual session on May 5 during lunch.  This session will address next steps for students attending RDC in the fall.  This will be a general session discussing the basics of:

  • Applying to RDC
  • Checking your Application Status
  • Paying your Tuition Deposit
  • Who is your RDC School Advisor with contact information
  • Registering in Classes (New Student Registration opens May 18th)
  • Loan Application Timeframe

Please reach out to Mrs. Bennington for further information.

Lethbridge College is hosting a Connecting to College Career Conversations, on May 11 at 1 pm.  This is a supplementary session to discuss student career development and how we can work together to support students as they transition out of high school.  You do not need to be going to LC to attend this session, however registration is required. 

Olds College will be holding their virtual Discovery Day on May 7. Explore the programs, chat with faculty and APPLY FOR FREE! Registration is required.

The 2021 Girls Exploring Trades & Technologies (GETT) program will be hosted concurrently with SkillsXibition. There will be various sessions geared towards young women interested in trades & technologies, hosted by female industry leaders. Represented areas will include carpentry, baking, graphic design and more!SkillsXibition will take place May 11 & 12, 2021.  If you are interested in attending either event, please let Mrs. Bargholz or Mrs. Bennington know. 

RBC Future Launch is an incredible platform for students to gain financial literacy, career development skills and participate in mental health initiatives

Volunteering

Looking for ways to beef up your resume AND give back to your community? Help clean up graffiti in downtown Red Deer on April 22! Meet at the Central Alberta Crime Prevention Centre located at 3-5015 48 Street. You will go out in groups of 10. All COVID-19 protocols will be in place. CACPC will provide the training, goggles & gloves, product (sponsored by the Downtown Business Association) and removal equipment (buckets, paint brushes, scrubbies, water sprayers). List and Locations of Graffiti will be provided to each team.
Click the link below. Deadline to register is April 20th.

Royal City Soccer Club is seeking volunteers and counsellors in training for their summer soccer camps.  Call 1-800-427-0536 or visit royalsoccer.com

Considering Med School?  American University of Antigua College of Medicine is offering a webinar on April 1 on their Pre Med Program. Register here 

University of Alberta Registration 101 sessions are coming up!  These sessions will support students attending in Fall 2021 in navigating the Beartracks platform and assistance in registering for their classes.  Students can register at uab.ca/reg101.

Virtual U.S. College Expo Canada

Saturday, May 1st, 2021, Meet with American Universities, Student Athlete, Admissions & Financing Experts and more!

RDC Program Spotlights and Information Sessions will be held virtually in February.  Register for a session and be entered to win a GoPro! 

Applications are now open for any student wishing to pursue a Bachelor of Education en français through the University of Alberta's Campus Saint-Jean, in collaboration with Red Deer College. Students will be able to take their first two years at RDC while taking courses in French through Campus Saint-Jean 

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