Career Opportunities

“If one does not know to which port one is sailing, no wind is favorable.” — Seneca


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Look to the future…B.C.’s Labour Market Outlook: 2017 Edition

View the 2017 edition of British Columbia’s Labour Market Outlook (WorkBC) on the link below. The report provides current information on the types of jobs and skills that will be in demand in B.C. for the next 10 years.  The Outlook contains valuable career, education and skills training information to help guide your career choice.  To view the new edition, visit:


Trades Training BC Website:  Learn about apprenticeships and foundation programs, find out who offers what and what programs have a wait-list:


Commercial Painting Program (ACE IT)   Current grade 11 & 12 students, apply now!…the Commercial Painting Program, offered through the Richmond School District, will provide you with the skills necessary to enter the painting and finishing trades.  This unique apprenticeship training program starts in mid June and runs for 6 weeks during the summer.  You will receive the first of 3 levels towards your Red Seal certification.  See your counsellor or Career Advisor for more details, or contact the Career Programs office at: 604-668-6000 ext. 6072.



Statistics Canada reports that the number of jobs requiring college, university education grows

Statistics Canada recently released a report exploring employment changes across industries during the economic downturn and recovery. Between January 2011 and January 2013, occupations requiring a college education or apprenticeship training increased by 267,000, or 5%. Occupations requiring a university education rose by 120,000, or 4%. The report notes that growth was reduced among occupations requiring a secondary school diploma or less (+62,000, or +1%).For details visit Statistics Canada at:


Trades Training Foundations Program Information:


High School Vocational Testing ~ UBC Continuing Studies

Designed to assist teens (ages 16-19) with career exploration and planning for the future, the High School Vocational Package offers insight into personal characteristics that can help teens find direction and uncover potential. Aptitude, personality, values and career interest inventories provide practical individualized information for identifying and evaluating career and post-secondary educational options. Assessments in this online package include: Wonderlic Personnel, Strong Interest Inventory for High School Students, Work Personality Index and Career Values Scale.  Upon completion of the ‘online assessments’, a confidential one-hour debrief session with a professional career counsellor will be scheduled. During this session, participants receive a series of personalized reports, discuss their assessment results and make an action plan. All appointments are in downtown Vancouver at UBC Robson Square.  For more information contact: 604.822.8585.  Cost: (including tax) $425.25.


Planning a Career in Health Sciences?

…Physiotherapist, Audiologist, Pharmacist, Dietitian, Medical Radiation Technologist, Respiratory Therapist, Hospital Unit Clerk, Public Health Inspector, etc.  Fraser Health has a new website for students interested in Health Care.  This website includes a short online quiz to match interest to types of jobs/careers.


Paramedic Academy Info Session

-Attend a paramedic information session to find out more about a career in emergency medical response.  Gain the reward of helping others in critical/life-threatening situations. For a general overview of training in paramedicine, attend a Paramedic Academy Information Session. To attend, contact the Paramedic Academy at


Vancouver Police Department Information Sessions

Attend an Information Session and hear a brief overview of policing as a career and what is involved in the VPD’s selection process. You will also have an opportunity to meet individually with Vancouver Police Department recruiting officers. Check the website to times and dates.

Information session dates are subject to change; phone the information line at (604) 717–2700 to confirm session dates.  RSVP online at:

Sessions are held at the Justice Institute of BC in New Westminster: 715 McBride Boulevard.


Justice Institute of BC – Law Enforcement Studies Diploma

Get a head start on your careers in investigation, enforcement or securityThis new program will give you the theory, applied skills and specialized knowledge you need to help prepare and improve your chances for entry-level employment as a police recruit, correctional officer, deputy sheriff, border services guard or in another law enforcement occupation. It will also prepare you for advancement in the private security field.  Students will get the academic background as well as experience in weapons handling, use of force, emergency vehicle driving and other hands-on training.  For more information, visit:, email:, or phone:  604-528-5590.  Location is 715 McBride Blvd., New Westminster, BC


UBC Continuing Studies – Vocational Assessment for Grade 11  & 12 Students – Aptitude, personality, value and career assessments designed to assist teens(ages 16-19) with career exploration and planning for the future.  Sessions take place at UBC Robson Square – Cost $320 – visit: or call 604-822-8585 for more info.

NEW Creative Writing or Screenwriting for Teens Only

Open to students 13-17, these two 100% online courses explore the art of creative writing and writing for the screen.


Writing 098: Preparation for University Writing and the LPI

Offered in class or online, this course helps Grade 12 students prepare for first-year English courses and the Language Proficiency Index.

To view all courses check out


Foodsafe Level 1 Now Offered Online!  The foodservice industry is projected to continue to grow in BC. The mandatory training in proper food handling practices Foodsafe Level 1 course will now be offered 24 hours a day, seven days a week through Open School BC.  This online version provides flexibility as well as quality instruction, and food and work safety information.  Upon successful completion of the Foodsafe Level 1 course and exam, students will be issued a Foodsafe certificate from the BC Health Authority.  For more information, or to register for the online training, please visit .


Training/Employment with the Coast Guard

Located in Sydney, NS, offers career training opportunities. The navigation and engineering programs are offered in both French and English. The training is 45 months long and includes time at the College and time at sea to obtain a commercial certification as a Ship’s Officer from Transport Canada. During that time you will get free tuition, monthly allowance and free room and board.

After the training the graduate will have a Bachelor of Technology in Nautical Sciences degree and a job as an officer onboard Canadian Coast Guard vessels.Proficiency in English or French is essential for this position. Visit (section Careers)


Border Officer Training


Nursing Education in BC (CRNBC)

The College of Registered Nurses of BC reviews BC nursing education programs and courses required for initial registration to nursing practice in British Columbia. The College also reviews entry-level nurse practitioner education programs and courses offered in BC.  To visit any of the websites to the schools that offer nursing education, use the scroll bar to view the full list, click on the school name to enter the post-secondary school website.

Careers in Aviation –


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Careers in Forestry  –Think that a career in Forestry is for you?  Students who excel in the sciences, have a love of the outdoors and who want to make a difference in environmental  management, may be interested in learning about a career in forestry.  Forestry is the practice of managing all forest resources including trees, wildlife, fish, water, soils, and biodiversity.  You can find forest professionals in offices, laboratories, boardrooms or out in the field.   Visit the Association on BC Forest Professionals website to learn more:

BCIT Forestry Science Technology Program – The CSI Student Academy is intended to provide current grade 11 and 12 students with practical insight into the various disciplines encompassing the fascinating field of Forensic Science and related career opportunities.  For further information on the CSI Student Academy please visit or contact Joy Law (604-412-7436) or Christine Watt (604-412-7539).


BC’s official website designed to help people find jobs and explore career options. Some of the features of Work are:

-Comprehensive database of BC jobs

-Career profiles

-Career tools:

My Blueprint Builder:

Career Compass

Career Trek

Labour Market Navigator

-Trades & Apprenticeship Info:

Apprentice Job Match

Apprenticeships in BC

Trades Training Initiatives

-Labour Market Special Programs:


Job Options

Employment Skills Access


Math Careers  –

Naturopathic Medicine –

Careers in the Construction Industry –

Opportunities in Oil and Gas –

Explore Careers in Earth Sciences –

Become a licensed Optician –

Boilermaker and apprenticeship opportunities – and

NASA for Students –

Fine Arts Careers & Programs:

Tourism Websites:  or or -Find out about tourism, human resource management practices, search for jobs, and learn about tourism careers and education.

Interior Heavy Equipment School LTD: Visit or toll free at 1-866-399-3853.

T.R.A.D.E.S. – or call 604-522-1459.

Canadian Association of Oilwell Drilling Contractors – Careers on the Rigs: &  CAODC has created two websites to help jawbreakers better understand drilling and service rig opportunities.  Rig floor operators learn the technical side of drilling operations and mechanics while working towards a Rig Tech Journeyman certification, one of Canada’s 52 Red Seal trades.  This knowledge & skill combined with additional post-secondary education can lead to a career in safety, sales, training, consulting and even senior management positions.

Trades websites:

Careers in the Construction Industry Resource List–

Electrical Industry Training Institute –

Ski Instructor Certification-  visit