As you move through school and in life, you will make many choices about your
education and career plans.
A central goal of the program is for students to learn how to use the model and make a habit of applying it, so that they can become confident, independent, and effective education and career/life planners throughout their lives.
Beginning in Grade 7, you will create an Individual Pathways Plan (IPP) and start recording:
- what you have learned about yourself
- opportunities available to you
- your goals
- plans to achieve your goals
- identify the characteristics that describe who they are (e.g., interests, strengths, intelligences,accomplishments, values, and skills, which include the learning skills and work habits evaluated on the provincial report cards and may include the Essential Skills described in the Ontario Skills Passport);
- identify factors that have shaped who they are and that are likely to shape who they become over time;
- explore the concept of “opportunity” and how the choices they make can open pathways for them;
- expand awareness of school- and community-based opportunities (e.g., recreational, social, leadership, volunteer, part-time employment) and how these programs/activities help develop skills and relationships;
- explore a variety of fields of work, occupations, and careers, and develop awareness of the impact of local and global trends (e.g., demographic, technological, economic, social) on the opportunities available to them;
- investigate the preparation required for a variety of school- and community-based opportunities, occupations, and jobs (i.e., acquiring the necessary experience, education/training, and specific skills, including the Essential Skills and work habits documented in the OSP) and how this preparation can be obtained.
- identify the demands, rewards, and other features of the various opportunities they have explored, and reflect on the fit between those features and their personal characteristics;
- based on the connections they identify, use a decision-making process to determine personal and interpersonal goals as well as education and career/life goals;
- review and revise their goals in light of changes that they recognize in themselves and in the opportunities that are available to them.
- create a plan that identifies in detail the steps required to achieve the goals they have set;
- identify the resources required to implement their plan;
- identify potential obstacles and challenges they may encounter in implementing their plan, and devise possible solutions.