The most important aspect of Career Trek’s learning model is the process of self-discovery and growing understanding that it sets in motion in the lives of young people. We call this the Career Trek Process.
At each step of the program young people are introduced to a dynamic process of learning and discovery that inevitability expands their understanding of themselves and their opportunities, launching them on to the next step of the program.
Career Trek’s hands-on learning model increases problem solving and decision making skills, leaving young people feeling competent and confident.
Confident young people feel empowered and engaged in their studies. Children who are invested in their education and career futures begin to assess their options and understand the relevance of their learning.
This process of doing, learning, and assessing happens at every stage of Career Trek programming and results in young people becoming adults with a belief in lifelong learning.
Career Trek doesn’t just teach young people about occupations it teaches them how to become their own career champions.
Self-Awareness: Grades 5 and 6
In Step One children are introduced to careers and are encouraged to reflect on their experiences. At this stage our programming helps participants to discover their options and their likes and dislikes. Children become aware of their strengths and weaknesses and use this knowledge to begin thinking about the future.
Career Trek’s Wonder of Work (Winnipeg), Wonder of Work (Westman), Children Rising (Parkland), and Children Rising (NORMAN) are Step One programs.
Career Exploration: Grades 7 and 8
In Step Two children are in the career exploration phase. At this stage programming should help children to begin matching interests and aptitudes to occupation and career choices.
Career Trek is currently exploring program model options for a permanent Step Two Career Exploration program.
Career Discovery: Grades 9 and 10
In Step Three youth need to begin zeroing in on occupations that are in line with their interests and abilities. At this stage Career Trek provides participants with the option to do a focused study project on one of twelve occupations.
Career Trek’s Get Ready to Work! program is a Step Three program.
Preparedness & Preparation: Grades 11 and 12
In Step Four participants are encouraged to prepare for their transition out of high school and on to a post-secondary or training institution. At this stage our programming takes youth and puts them into positions of increasing authority where they get to help Career Trek staff deliver programming, mentor participants, and gain employment experience.
Career Trek’s Junior Staff Mentorship Program is a Step Four program.
Career Trek’s learning model is designed to provide participants with the supports they need at critical turning points in their career journeys, supports that will help to ease the transition from school to work.