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Welcome to WEnav!

Funded by the Ontario Trillium Foundation, WEnav is a career counselling program for youth (ages 12-29) designed to guide youth in finding their ideal career pathways while teaching them the skills and knowledge required for effective career navigation and career success.

The WEnav Project

The Workforce Planning Board of Grand Erie, through funding from the Ontario Trillium Foundation, has developed this WEnav program for Grand Erie audiences. WEnav, initially created by Workforce WindsorEssex, is a career counselling program for youth, aged 12-29. Provided by trained facilitators throughout Grand Erie, this program equips youth with the skills and knowledge necessary for career exploration.

This Website

This website contains all of the material and information required for delivering WEnav to your youth.  Below are the youth handouts and a brief description of each section (WEnav is divided into 6 topic sections).

To gain access to the complete WEnav program and facilitator resources (facilitator guides and suggested activities, PowerPoint presentations, and editable content), please log in here or contact us for login information.

For questions or comments, please contact:
WEnav Project Coordinator
Phone: 519-756-1116 ext. 223
Email: wenav@workforceplanningboard.org

WEnav Testimonials

“The WEnav program is a valuable tool to have in our back pocket for workshops with the participants of the Youth Job Connection Program. The downloadable worksheets and PowerPoint presentations have been extremely easy to customize. WEnav is an excellent resource for youth entering into the workforce, and we look forward to incorporating more of the program material in the future.”

– Sarah Gibbons, St. Leonard’s Community Services

Youth Participant Feedback
“It taught us to know ourselves better and help find a life-time career rather than just a job to make money; it combines personal interests together with career planning and [how to] truly fulfill the personal value.”

 

 

“It greatly aided me in my steps toward planning my future.”

“I learned about the job market here, and about transferable skills, in [order] to help me be more attractive to employers.”

“[WEnav helps you to] know your weakness, so you can develop steps on how to strengthen them. And what your end goal is, so you will know what steps to take to achieve it.”

“It helped me learn what careers best suit my personality…I was hoping the program would help me narrow down my career choices and learn which ones would best suit me and it did just that!”

“I really felt like the program helped me discover what kind of careers I want to do in the future and it opened my eyes to a whole selection of new careers that I had never even thought about.”

“I benefit…to know myself better. Even tiny things happened in my life can be my character and I can see myself more clearly about what character and skills I have.”

“I learned to appreciate the importance of soft skills, and I gained more insight into what employers look for.”

“I enjoyed the fact that it was very self-reliant, it was up to me what I wanted to put down and know about my future.”

“My ideal will most likely change sometime through the future and now I know how I would be able to go towards that.”

“I also believe that everything that I learned about how to make different decisions (for example, the pro and con method) is something useful that I learned and will definitely come in handy when choosing where to go for university.”

“The resources and materials are plentiful, very detailed and thorough.”

“It helps me get to know about myself, my strength and weaknesses, my interests and goals.”

“What I liked about the WEnav program was that it increased my confidence in interviews.”

“It was great. Many options are provided. Each person can choose their own favourite and follow up. That’s great.”

“I found WEnav extremely helpful and thought provoking. I learned a lot, and I would recommend it.”

“I enjoyed the variety of resources that were available and the group atmosphere. I felt that the balance between individual work and group work was appropriate and effective.”

Trained Facilitator Feedback
“Excellent website & incredibly valuable resources for us, as educators, and our students. Thanks for making it so user-friendly!”

 

 

 

“Extremely well developed programme. Well done!”

“Love the idea that power point and handouts are editable.”

“Great resource. Looking forward to using the tools.”

“A job well done!”

“Very user friendly and informative. Excellent resource!”

“Very thankful Workforce Windsor Essex has been a proactive organization to assist our community in finding out what they would like to do with their lives in contributing to their future and ours.”

 Section 1: Introduction to Career Navigation

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 2: Self-Knowledge

In Section 2, youth learn what they need to know about themselves (self-knowledge) for career navigation, and how to find, evaluate, and apply this knowledge.

By the end of this section, youth participants will begin to:
  • Understand the importance of self-knowledge in relation to career navigation.
  • Identify what they need to know about themselves for ideal career navigation.
  • Discover and reflect on relevant self-knowledge for career navigation with an emphasis on looking at their past experiences and using assessments critically.
  • Understand how past experiences shape career navigation.
  • Begin to explore how to apply self-knowledge to career navigation.
Section 3: Exploring Careers

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 4: Other Relevant Skills and Knowledge

In Section 4, youth will learn about the other skills and knowledge that are important for their career navigation now and in the future.  This information includes:

  • Labour Market Information
  • Employer Expectations
  • What Influences You?
  • Decision Making Techniques
  • Networking
  • Entrepreneurship
By the end of this section, youth participants will begin to:
  • Understand what labour market information (LMI) is and what factors influence LMI; learn how to find LMI, and how to apply LMI to career navigation.
  • Learn how to find out what employers are looking for and how to use this knowledge in their career navigation.
  • Understand the importance of soft skills to career navigation and future careers; learn how to develop and demonstrate these soft skills.
  • Learn how to identify what influences their career perceptions and choices.
  • Learn effective decision making techniques.
  • Learn what networking is and its importance to career navigation; learn how to identify, develop, and use a network.
  • Learn what entrepreneurship is, what skills and knowledge are necessary for success as an entrepreneur, and how knowledge of entrepreneurship can help career navigation.
Section 5: Looking Ahead

Youth have completed much of the background research required, so they can start looking ahead to the information they are going to need to start planning their career paths.

By the end of this section, youth participants will begin to:
  • Evaluate the careers they are interested in by comparing them to their self-knowledge.
  • Thoroughly research and learn about the few careers that they are considering.
  • Learn about what education/training/experience is required for those careers.
  • Learn how to find education/training/experience information.
  • Discover other careers they can pursue with the education/training/experience and skills they will gain.
  • Learn the benefits of experiential learning and the importance of it to career navigation.
  • Learn how to conduct an informational interview.
  • Conduct an information interview.
Section 6: Action Plan

This last section of WEnav is dedicated to goal-setting and creating a detailed, action-based plan for youth to follow that will help them reach their career goals.  This action plan will reflect what they have learned during the program.

By the end of this section, youth participants will begin to:
  • Learn the importance and benefits of setting SMART goals.
  • Identify and set SMART career goals.
  • Identify potential career barriers and develop possible solutions for overcoming them.
  • Complete the Action Plan and Timeline, with all considerations involved.
  • Understand the importance of continually revisiting and revising their Action Plans.
  • Feel confident about their futures and career navigation abilities.