In Section 3, youth will begin exploring careers, starting very general and narrowing their searches. Youth will begin to search for careers that fit with their self-knowledge.

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

  • Understand how to apply self-knowledge to career navigation and what their self-knowledge can tell them about their ideal careers.
  • Use their self-knowledge to guide their career research.
  • Learn how to research different careers and learn about reputable websites that have this information.
  • Learn how to evaluate research sources and execute effective career internet searches.
  • Do career research (starting broad and then narrowing options).
  • Identify what is appealing to them about certain careers.
  • Do further research into careers that share appealing factors.

Section Tips

Research can be boring, so for some youth, using other words (such as “exploration” or “discovery”) may be helpful for engaging them. Exposing youth to some novel, exciting, and unique careers may help to pique their interests. Also, using videos as opposed to text may be more engaging. You can find career videos at these websites:

Materials for Facilitators



Handouts for Youth



editable Documents



additional resources

Videos for exploring the trades:

This video for high school youth highlights some of the benefits of working in the skilled trades.

Includes information (job descriptions, work environments, salaries, etc.) on occupations in the trades and information on apprenticeships.

Information about careers in the trades and apprenticeships.

360 virtual tours of FCA and AV Guage in Windsor showcase what work is done in the facilities and how equipment is used.


Features videos of young professionasl in the non-profit sector. The website also has LMI and other information on the non-profit sector.

Watch videos that highlight many careers in various sectors.

Features videos on various careers and sectors.

This Canadian site includes videos on various careers in various sectors.  Other parts of the website includes more information about careers and educational opportunities.

Provides teachers and students with information about the variety and diversity of careers within the agri-food sector.

Provides information for students to learn about food and farming systems and how the agriculture industry impacts the economy.


Includes various jobs with a brief interview of someone working in the career featured.  The website also has jobs reports and career articles.

A series of articles that profile various careers.

Includes information about salaries and training requirements for careers in the health sciences sector.

Career profiles in the health sciences sector.  Includes information on training requirements, salaries, outlook, required skills, etc. (all local, Windsor-Essex, information).

Contains an inventory of over 120 environmental careers.

Includes lessons plans for teaching internet research skills.

This article discusses some of the things to critically consider while using online career resources.


The National Occupational Classification (NOC) 2011 is the authoritative resource on occupational information in Canada.

This website contains information about careers (including career videos), educational requirements, and planning resources.

Youth can explore careers and career profiles organized by educational program.

Includes general career articles and some career profiles.

This American site has general career articles and some career profiles.

Includes information on career pathways in agribusiness.  There is a video on this page as well that touches on the various opportunities in agribusiness.