The main purpose of Section 1 is to get youth excited and engaged in their career navigation so they will be more likely to take the program seriously and put in the required effort. This can be accomplished when youth make the connection between how their lifestyles will depend greatly on their careers.

By the end of this section, youth participants will begin to:

  • Develop a comfortable relationship with the facilitator/group.
  • Be engaged in their own career navigation and care about their future career paths.
  • Understand the importance of career navigation.
  • Develop a sense of autonomy and positive self-efficacy in regards to career navigation.
  • Develop an understanding of how their lifestyle preferences affect their ideal careers.
  • Identify what they want in their ideal futures and what traits their future careers will need for this lifestyle to be realized.
  • Learn about the four career pathways available to them following high school.

Section Tips

Developing a comfortable relationship with the youth can help them to be more open and receptive to the program, making it more effective. Sharing your own personal experiences and anecdotes can help to develop this positive rapport.

“…supportive adult relationships [are] instrumental in boosting the self-confidence of economically disadvantaged students, thereby enabling them to achieve greater academic and career success” (p. 349 Career Development Practice in Canada, 2014).

Materials for Facilitators



Handouts for Youth



Editable Documents



Additional Resources

Introduction to Career Navigation:

This article provides a great activity that helps to build relationships between youth, facilitators, and peers.

This video nicely summarizes why career navigation is important in today’s changing workforce and labour market.


Career Choice:

This blog entry discusses the validity of dream careers.

Steve Jobs speaks about the importance of having a genuine interest in work.

This news article discusses how making quick career decisions can affect your career satisfaction later in life.