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.

learning objectives

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

  • Apply self-knowledge to career navigation and what their self-knowledge can tell them about their ideal careers.
  • Implement their self-knowledge to guide their career research.
  • Analyze different careers and learn about reputable websites that have this information.
  • Distinguish research sources and execute effective career internet searches.
  • Construct career research (starting broad and then narrowing options).
  • Identify what is appealing to them about certain careers.

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:

career searching skills

Includes lessons plans for teaching internet research skills.

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

career profiles

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.

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.

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.

skilled trades at a glance

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

skilled trades benefits

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

agricultural sector

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

health care sector

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

environmental sector

Contains an inventory of over 120 environmental careers.