World of Work Pathway

Grade 9—Take Our Kids to Work Day

Grade 10 – Job Shadowing (Career Studies)

 Experiential Learning opportunities in courses
 Cooperative Education courses
 Guidance and Career Studies courses
 Workplace training and certifications

General Program Requirements

 Completion of OSSD (high school diploma)
 Completion of any Grade 12 English
Note: Students should research essential skills
required for your workplace of choice

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Career Pathways

Career Pathways is a one year program that provides a supportive and empowering post-secondary pathway for students who may not have otherwise considered higher education for a variety of reasons.
These reasons may include but are not limited to challenges with a traditional learning environment, alternate learning styles, or learning disabilities.
The Career Pathways program focuses on preparing graduates for both career and educational opportunities by developing personal, social, academic and career-related strengths and skills.  Read more here.

Job Search Websites


Glass Door

Job Bank

The Working Centre

Apprenticeships/Trades & ApprenticeshipSearch





For more information on World of Work opportunities, visit:

Lutherwood – Employment Services / Summer Program

Skills start here.  Skills grow here.  Skills work here

Think you have what it takes to take on a trade?

Skill work here!

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What kinds of jobs are available after high school?

Here are 20 jobs that require a high school diploma, on-the-job-training, apprenticeship training,  or a combination:

1.  Automotive service technicians   
What they do: Also called mechanics, automotive service technicians inspect, maintain and repair automobiles and light trucks using traditional equipment and computerized tools
What they need:* Post-secondary apprenticeship training

2.   Accounting clerks   
What they do: Also known as accounts payable clerks or accounts receivable clerks, duties may include posting details-of-transactions, computing interest charges, making sure loans and accounts are up-to-date, and ensuring account accuracy
What they need:* A high school diploma and some accounting coursework or relevant work experience

3.   Carpenters   

What they do: From highways and bridges to kitchen cabinets, carpenters construct, erect, install and repair structures and fixtures made from wood and other materials

What they need:* About three to four years of both on-the-job training and trades instruction

4.    Customer service representatives   
What they do: 
Serve as the direct point of contact for customers of all types of businesses by answering questions and concerns, providing information and addressing complaints
What they need:* Moderate-term on-the-job training

5.  Dental assistants   

What they do: Not to be confused with dental hygienists, dental assistants work closely with dentists and perform a variety of duties including instrument sterilization, obtaining records and preparing patients for treatment 
What they need:*
 Many skills are learned on the job, but there are also dental-assisting programs, which often take one year or less to complete

6.   Electricians   
What they do: Install and maintain wiring, fuses, circuits, outlets, load centers, panel boards and electrical machines in homes and businesses
What they need:*
 Long-term on-the-job training, often in the form of an apprenticeship program lasting four to five years

7.   Fitness trainers   
What they do: Lead and instruct people in exercise activities, either individually or in a group setting , in fitness centers, gyms, hospitals, universities and clients’ homes
What they need:* Post-secondary vocational award or certification is critical and depends on the employer and specific type of fitness work.

8.  Floral designer 

A dream job for aspiring creative types, floral designers come up with unique ways to present flowers. Using live or faux flowers, greenery, embellishments and vases, floral designers sell their work for occasions like weddings, anniversaries, birthday parties and funerals.

9.  Postal service mail carrier   

Delivering mail to local businesses and residences, Postal Service mail carriers travel on established routes and also help with sorting of mail. Mail carriers value the stability of their job and the ability to build long-term relationships with those they deliver mail to.

10.     General maintenance and repair workers  
What they do: 
Troubleshoot, inspect and diagnose problems in many different crafts (like carpentry, plumbing, air conditioning and heating, and painting) and decide the best way to correct them
What they need:*
 Moderate-term on-the-job training

11. Home health aides
What they do: Assist elderly, ill or disabled people at home instead of health-care facilities. They provide  services like administering medications and checking temperatures, and may also do housework and assist with personal care
What they need:*
 Short-term on-the-job training by registered nurses or experienced aides

12.   Interpreters and translators
What they do: 
Interpreters convert one spoken language into another and must express thoughts and ideas clearly; translators convert written materials from one language into another and should have excellent writing and editing skills
What they need:* Fluency in two or more languages and long-term on-the-job training

12.   Manicurists and pedicurists 
What they do: 
Also called nail technicians, they groom and polish fingernails and toenails and provide manicures and pedicures
What they need:*
 Post-secondary vocational skills training; license may be required

13.   Medical assistants 
What they do: 
Perform administrative and clinical tasks (depending on what’s allowed) in doctor and other health practitioner offices 
What they need:*
 Some may be trained on the job but others complete one- to two-year programs

14.   Nursing aides, orderlies and attendants
What they do: 
Provide a variety of hands-on and routine tasks in many aspects of a patient’s care, including but not limited to: helping patients eat and groom, escorting them to exam and operating rooms, and taking temperature or blood pressure
What they need:* Post-secondary vocational and skills training

15.   Office clerk 
What they do: 
Specific duties vary depending on type of office but can include administrative duties, data entry and using office equipment
What they need:*
 Short-term on-the-job training

16.   Pharmacy technicians 
What they do: 
Work in retail and mail-order pharmacies assisting pharmacists by preparing medication, stocking shelves and performing administrative duties; state rules regulate specific duties

What they need:* Moderate-term on-the-job training or certification

17.   Restaurant cooks 
What they do: 
Measure and cook ingredients according to recipes, use kitchen equipment and order food supplies 
What they need:*
 Long-term on-the-job training or apprenticeship training

18.   Retail salesperson 
What they do: 
Assist customers in choosing merchandise, maintain the look and feel of store to set standards, and operate the cash register
What they need:*
 Short-term on-the-job training

19.   Skin care specialists and estheticians
What they do: 
Cleanse and beautify the skin by giving facials, full-body treatments, head and neck massages, as well as apply makeup
What they need:* Post-secondary apprenticeship and license

20.   Truck drivers and tractor-trailer
What they do: Drive and operate large capacity trucks and vans and transport goods including cars, livestock and other materials city to city or over long distances
What they need:*
 Moderate-term on-the-job training, good driving record and commercial driver’s license