Career Development

Children and Youth are in an ongoing state of transition as they slowly shift from adolescence into adulthood. They are undergoing emotional, cognitive, and physical developmental changes.

This can be a very exciting time for a child, but it can also be challenging.

The purpose of education is to help children understand the world around them and provide them with the skills they need to navigate the transitions they will face.

Children take the first steps of career education at a very early age, and it is crucial that a developmental career education should begin in early childhood.

By exposing children to sound career development information, practices, and programs we can help prepare them with the skills and understanding they need to navigate their transitions.

We help our participants discover their dreams through exposure to careers, insight into the world of post-secondary education, strong positive role modeling, and the development of strong decision-making skills.

Career planning and development can be a difficult and challenging task. Starting early and doing a bit at a time can help to reduce stress and help you become more aware of the exciting career opportunities available.

The following resources can assist you and your family in the important task of career planning. Each entry will provide a short description of what the resource offers. Simply click on the title and you will be taken directly to the resource.

Career Development Primer for Parents
Career Development Planning Resources
Introduction to Career Cruising
Summer Jobs
Volunteer Opportunities


Career Trek’s Learning Model is based upon sound career development theory and practice. It is the model that Career Trek uses as a general guide when producing its career development programs.

Career Trek’s four-step learning model propels children and youth through progressively more challenging and enriching stages of education and career development learning.

Our experiential learning model is based on the belief that doing hands-on career-related tasks produces participants that are engaged and invested.

Each step is based upon one-of-four recognized career development support stages. Each step provides children and youth with the developmentally sound foundation they need to progress on to the next stage of their career journey.

At each step of the model, participants are introduced to a process doing, learning, and assessing. We call this the Career Trek Process, and it helps transform children into adaptable adults with a love of learning.

4 Step Model

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.


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