The resources identified on this page are intended to provide families with information and strategies to support home based conversations about Labour Market Information and skills needed to enter and succeed in the workplace. The sites and documents referenced contain links to external sites providing the user with access to more detailed information. The information and resources that have been identified are available in both English and French.
Families and student influencers are encouraged to review resources and links available through the Secondary and Post-Secondary pages to explore how educators are supporting career exploration in school and other types of resources and opportunities available to Secondary and Post-Secondary students. While some of the resources may be similar to ones found on the Families page, other resources specific to each province can be used to inform discussions about opportunities in each of the Atlantic provinces.
CERIC is a national not for profit organization that focuses on advancing career education and research in counselling and career development. CERIC offers free resources and publications in print and digital format to support career exploration. Some publications that can help to inform career conversations are identified below. You can also access several other publication topics that may be of personal interest on their website.
This site offers information on Employability Skills and why/how they are needed to “enter, stay in and progress in the world of work”. Brochures and posters can be downloaded as PDFs. The Conference Board of Canada and the Future Skills Centre recently partnered to launch an online platform called OpportunNext to help users explore skills based career paths.
myBlueprint is a career platform used by students across the country. Schools in each of the Atlantic Provinces have access to the All About Me tool for elementary students or the Education Planner for junior and senior high school students. These tools help students begin the process of career exploration, engaging them at the high school level in planning for further education/ training and the workforce. Parents should speak with their child and/ or teacher about how to access the student account and create a Family Account. The family account allows you to view student artifacts and reflections, including the goals they are setting, occupations they are interested in, and what they are learning in school. This can benefit conversations you can have around career exploration.
The National Occupational Classification (NOC) is Canada’s national system for describing occupations. You can search the NOC to find where an occupation is classified or to learn about its main duties, educational requirements or other useful information. Additional information about NOC codes and classifications can be found in their Tutorial and Career Handbook.
SCC is a national organization with a mission to engage youth in interactive experiences that positively profile skilled trades and technology careers. Each of the Atlantic Provinces has a provincial body that supports students, in their understanding of a broad range of careers and skills and education required by those careers, through career awareness workshops, interactive events and competitions. Families and students have access to information and videos on Skills for Success and preparing for entry into the workforce. SCC has created a Job Search Tips booklet to help students develop their cover letters and resumes and prepare for job interviews.
In 2021, Employment and Social Development Canada (Government of Canada) published a Skills for Success framework which provided an updated to the Essential Skills Framework. The 9 skills outlined in the Skills for Success framework reflect the key skills necessary to success in work, life and the community. This site provides users with access to descriptors of each of the skills, videos and links to self-assessment tools.
Statistics Canada is the national statistical office that produces information on Canada’s economy, society and environment. A November 2020 report produced by StatCan addresses labour market outcomes for post-secondary graduates from 2015.
This is a Government of Canada site that offers resources and tools to support youth entering the workforce. These resources and tools focus on helping youth reach their potential by providing information on key topics that include getting a job or gaining experience, exploring careers and building skills, and planning education.