Career Services

A note from Lettie Croskery, your Career Practitioner...

I want to continue to work with our students in researching future career paths and post-secondary education/funding options during this time away from our school building.

Please email (croskeryl@lrsd.ab.ca), text or call (403-915-0781) me and we can review information together! There is no need to stop our career planning processes, but instead of fun field trips and in person/class discussions, we will find a way to connect in a positive, productive manner.

 

UPDATES FROM Lettie - information you need for Summer 2020!

NEW! The Canada Student Service Grant program is now LIVE! Check out iwanttohelp.org for full details! This program offers grade 12 students who are starting any full or part time post-secondary studies in September 2020 (AND any CURRENT post-secondary student or recent post-secondary graduate) to serve their communities and receive up to $5000 in grant funds from the Canadian government. The minimum requirement is 100 hours of volunteer work between now and September 15, 2020 in order to receive a $1000 grant! There are also grants available for non-profit organizations who would like to jump on board and provide opportunities for our students this summer. Please contact your Career Practitioner (Lettie - croskeryl@lrsd.ab.ca or 403-915-0781) to receive your registration code and gain more information about this program for summer 2020.

Interested in taking part in some post-secondary programming this summer? Most colleges and universities offer amazing summer camps for high school students. Despite the closure of in-person camps, many virtual opportunities for exploration are available. Check out this LIST for ideas! Everything from International Law at McGill University to Dinosaurs 101 through University of Alberta.

ARE YOU AT LEAST 15 YEARS OF AGE and earned $5000 or more in 2019? Did you lose a job because of the COVID-19 virus? You may be eligible for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit. The CERB provides funding of $2000.00 every 4 weeks for up to 16 weeks. You can earn up to $1000 per month while collecting CERB. If you don't qualify for CERB, you may qualify for the Canada Emergency Student Benefit (CESB) which provides $1250.00/month (or $1750.00/month for students with dependents or who have permanent disabilities) up to August 2020 if you have been unable to secure summer work as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

 

APPRENTICESHIPS

Alberta Industry Trades Information  - This is the home page for Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training and contains information about the process to become a Journey person in Alberta. You can start on this path in high school!

Registered Apprenticeship Program (RAP) brochure This brochure outlines the process where students in high school can begin their apprenticeship career.

Trade Entrance Requirements (Alberta Apprenticeship & Industry Training)

Trades and Occupations list  - A comprehensive list of Alberta's Registered trades, complete with career profile information for each trade.

Trades specific scholarships - As a trades person, you are eligible for thousands of dollars in scholarships! Here is the link from the government website.

CAREER SITES we know and love!

AgCareers - Great site to learn more about numerous agricultural opportunities.

AWWOA - Alberta Water and Wastewater Operators Association has a careers section with profiles and videos about careers in the water/wastewater industry.

Cybermentor.ca - This site connects girls in grades 6 -12 with career mentors in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math focused occupations.

Career Transitions - Serving southern Alberta High Schools with numerous career events.

Cool Jobs  - McLean's magazine profiles some very cool careers!

Goodwork.ca - Environmental jobs and green work, perfect for outdoorsy types!

Health Care Career Profiles  - These profiles, provided by AHS, portray the wide range of clinical and non-clinical healthcare careers.

Learning Clicks - An up to date, interactive career development site focused on the needs of secondary students.

OCCINFO - Look up and learn about hundreds of occupations on this site!

One Week Job - True story of a UBC graduate and his search for a career! We have a copy of his documentary in our Career Services office.

Real Talk - Gain quick access to information about real careers from people who are currently working in those areas.

Road to Employment - Two recent grads take a major road trip to find out what Canadian employers are looking for. 

Xello - This revised edition of what we knew as "Career Cruising", is now easier to access as you "SIGN IN" (top right of the webpage) with your LRSD login and password. The site offers free assessments and links to review hundreds of possible career choices. If you have problems logging in, please contact Lettie for assistance! You can also login to Xello from your home google screen. Just click on your waffle and select the Xello icon to get started.

LETTIE'S LIST OF COOL THINGS

Have you ever thought about changing things up a bit? This list (compiled with love by your Career Practitioner!) is full of opportunities for you to expand your learning to include volunteer programs, unique classroom experiences and international exchanges. Program costs range from FREE to up to $33,000.00 for specialized programs which offer scholarship subsidies.

COOL THINGS LIST!

POST-SECONDARY

There are so many ways to continue your education beyond high school! Below you will find links to College and University offerings across Canada. Where should I go to university? McLean's Magazine publishes an annual list of top universities in Canada. Check out their University rankings for 2020!

Ready to start applying? For all Alberta Institutions, you start with Apply Alberta. Your Career Practitioner is always available to help you with this process.

TIME to CHOOSE - this website allows you to search for Alberta programs based on location, program length or subject area!

Alberta Post-secondary institutions

British Columbia Post-secondary institutions

Manitoba Post-secondary institutions

Ontario Post-secondary Institutions

Quebec and Atlantic Provinces Institutions

Saskatchewan Post-secondary institutions

SCHOLARSHIP and LOAN INFORMATION

Considering the full cost of post-secondary studies? In addition to those pesky tuition and school fees, it's helpful to budget for rent, utility payments, transportation, groceries, school supplies and LIFE in general! Check out RBC's student budget calculator to get a better understanding of just how much money you'll want to access through grants/scholarships (FREE money!) or student loans/lines of credit (BORROWED funds that need to be repaid) for your future educational plans.

Student Grant Estimator - Fill in this very quick calculator to determine how much you may receive in GRANTS (that's free money, not a loan!) from the Canadian government.

Student Aid Alberta - Lots of information on this site for Alberta students seeking scholarships!

Alexander RUTHERFORD Scholarship - Receive up to $2500 based on your average (which includes option courses!) in grades 10,11 and 12. Apply in August and receive your cheque in early October (generally) of your first post-secondary semester. Even if you take a gap year, you are still eligible for these funds! Don't forget to take 7 minutes out of your day and APPLY online for this funding!

2019 - 2020 Funding Guide - This guide (updated every year) has all of the information you need to complete the Student Loan application form for post-secondary studies. The guide includes information about grant funding as well.

Student Grant Estimator - Fill in this very quick calculator to determine how much you may receive in GRANTS (that's free money, not a loan!) from the Canadian government.

ALBERTA HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT SCHOLARSHIPS - This 10 page document lovingly procured and updated by YOUR Career Practitioner, is definitely worth a read!

NANTON AREA SCHOLARSHIP LIST! - This is a list of scholarships specific to students in the Nanton area. As we learn of any changes to our generous sponsorships, this list will be revised. 

First Nations Metis And Inuit Scholarship List

Livingstone Range School Division scholarships - There are 3 distinct scholarships administered by LRSD Central Office. The application deadline for these three scholarships is MAY 15th, 2020. Please book a time with Lettie to get help with your applications for these or any other scholarships! Applications are to be submitted to each school Principal for review and submission to LRSD.

  1. Livingstone Macleod Association Bursary Fund ($2,000 for grade 12 graduates pursuing a career in the trades with training at Olds College, Lethbridge College, SAIT and NAIT (if unavailable at SAIT) APPLICATION FORM
  2. ENMAX Environmental Leadership Scholarship ($1,000 for grade 12 graduates with 65% GPA who are pursuing environmental studies) APPLICATION FORM
  3. Dr. Lloyd Cavers Scholarship ($1,000 for a grade 12 graduate who is nominated by his/her LRSD school in recognition of their leadership and community activities. All nominees not selected for the award receive $200.00 in recognition of their distinct contributions. APPLICATION FORM

Scholarships Canada - You can create a profile and this website will match you with potential scholarships. It takes time to sort through the list, but it could pay off in big dollars!

Scholar Tree - Similar to Scholarships Canada; create a profile and review scholarship suggestions based on your personal information.

RESP information in 3 minutes! This YouTube video may be of interest if you are looking for quick information about the Registered Education Savings Program. Taking advantage of the up to $7200.00 in government contributions is a great way to help a student save for post secondary education. The government of Canada provides further information about Using your RESP when it's time to start withdrawing funds for your student's post-secondary studies. 

Higher Ed Points Students and graduates can convert loyalty points through HigherEdPoints in $250 increments to make tuition payments or to pay back student loans. Parents, relatives and friends can also use their loyalty program points to help students pay back their loans.

 

JOB SEARCH AND VOLUNTEERING

Looking for work or volunteer opportunities? You may benefit from a job search session with your Career Practitioner to update or create your resume, practice your interview skills and position yourself for job search success! In the meantime, check out these links:

Employment Standards Fact Sheet  - Answers common questions about the rights and responsibilities of young people in the workforce

Indeed.caJobs.caSimply Hired - Explore current job postings from our local area and across the country.

Looking for Work - ALIS website - This is a great resource as you embark on a job search! 

Nanton Chamber of Commerce -  Learn more about the business community in Nanton!