The "Discover Your Future " program provides an opportunity for students to participate in academic and self assessment and career /employment planning. Based on the results, students will research careers/employment that best suit their needs. Through information interviews, job shadows and labour market research students will develop realistic goals and create an action plan to achieve those goals. Individually and in groups students will build effective communication skills, practice assertiveness, and develop problem solving abilities. The program also includes participation in a work/training shadow and development of a learning plan to prepare for the GED, entry into further training programs or to gain employment. The program includes upgrading in communications, math and computer skills.
Length: 8-10 week Certificate program Location: Cambridge (Downtown), Waterloo, Guelph and Stratford Start: Varies Tuition: You may be eligible for waiver of tuition and for financial assistance with childcare and transportation. Please contact the campus of your choice for more detailed information.
Apply effective and appropriate communication skills.
Build self esteem by identifying personal strengths, feelings, beliefs, values, attitudes and recognize how they affect self and others.
Articulate and evaluate various problem solving processes and develop strategies to respond to life and work situations.
Apply the skill of goal setting.
Become knowledgeable of available community resources and how to access them.
Identify the characteristics of a team.
Develop a personal inventory of accomplishments, skills, values and preferences..
Explore the changing nature of life and work roles including labour market information.
Develop a training plan for academic and or career goals.
Develop effective resumes and employment letters and forms.
Employ effective interview techniques.
Practice effective work search strategies.
Practice strategies essential to maintaining employment.
Participate in a variety of activities which reflect individual occupational and employment goals.
Achieve an elementary understanding of and skill in using personal computers.
Assess and determine current skill levels in communications and mathematics.
Complete a training plan to reflect occupational and/or training goals and all related requirements.
19 years of age or older (age exceptions may apply).
Note re: Admission Requirements
Applicants will be admitted to this program based on program eligibility requirements and the applicant's assessment results.
Applicants who do not meet the admission requirements may be considered on an individual basis.
Applicants are assessed for program suitability through an interview with program personnel.
Applicants are required to attend a Program Information session.
Applicants are required to complete an information questionnaire.
Agencies may refer clients who meet their conditions of sponsorship to this program.
Applicants for this program must be able to receive instruction and respond in the English language and may be required to complete the Canadian Language Benchmarks Assessment and achieve Benchmark 7 in the Listening/Speaking, Reading, and Writing Descriptors.
Applicants for this program must reflect the desire and interest to participate in a work or training entry/re-entry program.
Applicants for this program must be able and willing to participate in interactive group learning processes.
For program information call the Information Centre for details at 519-748-5220 ext. 3656.
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Graduates are prepared for continuing academic upgrading, further career exploration, skills training, employment or to write the GED.
For more details on related occupations, job market information and career opportunities see the Government of Canada web site: http://www.workingincanada.gc.ca