Career and Work Exploration 10/20/A30/B30

Module 1: An Introduction to Career Development

Overall Expectations:

Investigate the career/life development process.

Specific Expectations:

a. Discuss career/life development as a non-linear and life-long process.

d. Reflect on the career journey to date for self and a trusted adult.

e. Discuss potential future experiences that will have an impact on one’s life-long career journey.

MediaSmarts Resources

A Day in the Life of the Jos (Licensed Resource)
Your Online Resume


Module 2: Transferable Skills

Overall Expectations:

Explore transferable skills

Specific Expectations:

d. Showcase one’s transferable and soft skills in a personal career portfolio.

e. Explore volunteer activities within the community and discuss the opportunities they provide for enhancing one’s transferable skills.

f. Discuss opportunities to enhance one’s transferable skills through leisure activities.

h. Explore and discuss ways to develop and improve upon one’s skill set while still in high school.

MediaSmarts Resources

A Day in the Life of the Jos (Licensed Resource)
Art Exchange
Digital Outreach for Civic Engagement
Digital Storytelling for Civic Engagement
Introduction to Online Civic Engagement
Making Media for Democratic Citizenship
PushBack: Engaging in Online Activism
Remixing Media
Your Online Resume


Module 3: Career Portfolios

Overall Expectations:

Construct a personal career portfolio

Specific Expectations:

a. Reflect upon personal accomplishments, strengths, talents, skills, traits, abilities, interests, education and training as the basis for the development and organization of one’s career artifacts.

b. Generate a list of the types of artifacts (e.g., certificates, examples of school work/projects, photographs, videos, blogs, vlogs, personal web sites, awards, resume, cover letter and micro-credentials) that showcase one’s accomplishments, strengths, talents, skills, traits, abilities, interests, education and training.

c. Discuss the advantages and disadvantages of organizing one’s career artifacts in a print or online/digital portfolio.

d. Discuss common steps (e.g., collecting, reflecting and selecting) for determining artifacts that should be included in a career portfolio.

e. Discuss the benefits of having separate personal and career portfolios for school, career goals, personal life and work.

f. Develop one’s career portfolio that includes a resume, cover letter and other relevant artifacts. 

g. Reflect on the content within one’s career portfolio to answer questions such as:

  • Who am I?
  • What are my strengths and weaknesses?
  • How have I demonstrated my talents, skills and abilities?
  • What are some of my accomplishments both in and out of school?
  • What are my interests?

h. Describe the process and rationale for editing or modifying career artifacts (e.g., documents such as a cover letter or resume) to suit the needs of a specific job application.

i. Explore how on-line platforms and social media tools can be used to develop and/or organize career artifacts.

MediaSmarts Resources

A Day in the Life of the Jos (Licensed Resource)
Art Exchange
Your Online Resume


Module 5: Recognizing Networks

Overall Expectations:

Explore the potential impact of networking on one’s career journey.

Specific Expectations:

e. Discuss how online and social media activity as well as one’s digital identity can positively and negatively impact such things as employment status, employability and career opportunities.

MediaSmarts Resources

A Day in the Life of the Jos (Licensed Resource)
The Invisible Machine: Big Data and You
Your Online Resume


Module 19: Diversity in the Workplace

Overall Expectations:

Examine how personal, cultural and societal beliefs affect relationships in the workplace

Specific Expectations:

b. Investigate the cultural diversity within one’s community and the impact on local workplaces.

c. Discuss how discrimination based on factors such as ancestry, nationality, creed, gender diversity, sexual orientation, age, religion and disability can affect the workplace. 

d. Investigate issues faced by underrepresented groups (e.g., persons with disabilities; ethnic or cultural groups; and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and Two-spirit persons) face in the workplace.

MediaSmarts Resources

Diversity and Media Ownership
Exposing Gender Stereotypes
Learning Gender Stereotypes
Miscast and Seldom Seen
Unpacking Privilege
The Impact of Gender Stereotypes
Transgender Representation in TV and Movies


Module 20: Workplace Ethics and Privacy

Overall Expectations:

Examine fair and ethical practices and privacy rights in the workplace

Specific Expectations:

a. Discuss the impact of ethical (e.g., responsibility, honesty and confidentiality) and unethical (e.g., conflict of interest, abuse of substances, sexual harassment, bullying, theft, falsifying documents and reports, and misrepresentation) behaviours on the workplace.

f. Investigate the term harassment and discuss the potential effects of harassment on mental health and well being.

g. Discuss ways to deal with harassment of self or others in the workplace.

h. Compare the code of ethics for school with a code of ethics for a workplace.

j. Research employee and employer rights and responsibilities that foster a culture of privacy in the workplace

MediaSmarts Resources

Cyberbullying and the Law
Free Speech and the Internet
Privacy Rights of Children and Teens
Promoting Ethical Behaviour Online: My Virtual Life
Technology Facilitated Violence: Criminal Case Law
The Privacy Dilemma: Lesson Plan for Senior Classrooms
There’s No Excuse: Confronting Moral Disengagement in Sexting
Understanding Cyberbullying : Virtual vs. Physical Worlds
Who Knows? Your Privacy in the Information Age