Additional Resources

Here are some additional resources that compliment the WEnav program.  The additional resources provided below are organized by the Sections to which they most apply; however, many can be used in more than one section.

Section 1  Includes information about: introduction to career navigation, career choice

Section 2  Includes information about: self-knowledge and career choice, self-reflection

Section 3  Includes information about: career videos, career profiles, career research

Section 4  Includes information about: labour market information, employer expectations, networking, soft skills, entrepreneurship, career choice influences

Section 5  Includes information about: education, training, financial options for education, experiential learning, other career options with education/training

Section 6  Includes information about: goal setting, life-long career navigation

Information on Career Navigation  This regularly updated list includes articles, research, and resources related to career navigation.

Featured Resources

The following resources were some of the main research and information sources in the development of WEnav.  These resources are highly recommended to those who are involved in guiding career navigation.

Career development practice in Canada: Perspective, principles and professionalism. (Blythe C. Shepard and Priya S. Mani (Eds.). (2014) Career development practice in Canada: Perspective, principles and professionalism. Toronto, Canada: CERIC.).  

Career Crafting the Decade after High School (Copyright © 2015 by Cathy Campbell Published by: Canadian Education and Research Institute for Counselling (CERIC))

Section 1
Introduction to Career Navigation:

Draw My Life: An Exercise to Help Students Connect with Counselors and Peers (National Career Development Association, Trisha Nhu-y Tran, October 1, 2015).  This article provides a great activity that helps to build relationships between youth, facilitators, and peers.

VIDEO SFU Career Services: Wondering Where Your Degree Might Lead You? (SFU Co-operative Education, YouTube, 2012).  This video nicely summarizes why career navigation is important in today’s changing workforce and labour market.

Career Choice:

Dream Careers Are Not a Fantasy (Your Workplace – Blog) Sam Gerstein, M.D., June, 2015.  This blog entry discusses the validity of dream careers.

VIDEO Steve Jobs explains the rules for success (YouTube).  Steve Jobs speaks about the importance of having a genuine interest in work.

Did you make the right career choice? (CHRISTINE WONG, Special to The Globe and Mail, Published Last updated

Work in Progress: Good job versus bad job  (JESSICA BARRETT, CALGARY HERALD 

Section 2
Self-Knowledge and Career Choice:

Self assessment (University of Waterloo, Centre for Career Action).  This page describes some of the self-knowledge that is important to career navigation and why it is important.

Self-Knowledge: The Key to Finding the Right Career Direction (Atul Mathur).  An article on self-knowledge and careers.

Career Assessment (Charity Village).  This page offers some valuable questions to ask for assessing self-knowledge in relation to careers.

VIDEO Why Some of Us Don’t Have One True Calling (TED Talk, Emilie Wapnick, 2015).  In this video, Emilie speaks about the value of people who have multiple interests and the attributes they tend to have.  She speaks of how it is okay to have these many  interests and how one does not neccessarility have to limit oneself to one interest.


Two Ways to Clarify Your Professional Passions (Robert Steven Kaplan, March 30, 2015, Harvard Business Review) This article offers some techniques for self-reflection.

Reflective Practice (, 2015)  This article discusses self-reflection and provides some tips for steps one can take and questions one can ask for effective self-reflection.

Penzu An online journaling resource youth can use that can encourage self-reflection.

Webfolio This Canadian career reflection and planning tool is a fantastic way for youth to keep track of their self-knowledge and career options.  It encourages youth to find examples for their self-knowledge.  Youth can also use the tool to create an Action Plan and can edit it as they wish.

Section 3
Career Information VIDEOS:

Green and Clean In this video, youth learn about Green and Clean career opportunities, which are available across all sectors of the Canadian economy. The video includes footage of the Aylmer, Ontario ethanol plant.
Health and Wellness Explore careers in the Health and Wellness sector, which includes a wide variety of jobs. Opportunities in this sector are growing as Canada’s population ages and healthcare workers retire.
Hospitality & Tourism This video explores careers in the growing sector of tourism and hospitality, and features an interview with Norfolk County’s Manager of Economic Development and Tourism.
Manufacturing This video explores the many skilled occupations available in the manufacturing industry, Canada’s largest business sector. 400,000 skilled workers are required in the next 15 years.

Career Profiles

Careers in Food Industry Examines the many common jobs, wage expectations and education requirements for jobs in the food industry.
Careers in Manufacturing A look into today’s world of manufacturing, including the skills required to succeed.
Careers in the Professional, Scientific and Technical Sector Profiles of 10 professional and related occupations in Grand Erie.
Healthcare Occupations Profiles of dozens of healthcare occupations in Grand Erie.
Hospitality & Tourism Careers Youth can explore the education pathways to enter specific careers in this field, the job duties and responsibilities, skills needed, and current wage range.
Trucking Occupational Profiles A look at the top 3 occupations in Grand Erie’s trucking industry.

Section 4
Labour Market Information:

Driverless trucks could mean ‘game over’ for thousands of jobs (The Globe and Mail, July 26, 2015).  This article describes how some jobs may be affected by driverless trucks.  This article would compliment the labour market information hypothetical example activity about self-driving cars and how they could affect the labour market.

VIDEO Labour Market Information Can Help You Find a Job (Video, Canada’s Economic Action Plan)
The Labour Market Information Service (Service Canada).  This page describes LMI and who can make use of it.  It also includes a handout with this information.
A World Without Work The Atlantic July/August 2015 Issue, Derek Thompson.  An article that discusses the possible, extreme changes to our workforce as a result of technology.

How Labour Market Information Supports Career Development (Career Professionals of Canada, Sharon Graham, January 16, 2016).  This article explains the value of labour market information for career development and includes some links to some Canadian labour market information.

9 ways the workplace will be different in 2050 (Business Insider, Melissa Stanger, January 20, 2016).  This article predicts some labour market trends for the year 2050.

Employer Expectations/Soft Skills:

Advice from employers (My Career Info).  Includes various tips from employers on finding employment.

Colleges respond to industry demands for ‘soft skills’ (The Globe and Mail, April 2, 2015, Jennifer Lewington)

Six Ways Continuing Education Can Close Canada’s Skills Gap  (Huffington Post, Dr. Marie Bountrogianni, July 8, 2015).  This article discusses ways that can help close the gap in training needs of employers.

Why attitude is more important than intelligence (The Globe and Mail, December 11, 2015).  This article discusses how soft skills are important in the workplace, perhaps even more than intelligence.

When “Time Off” Is Actually a Step Forward (Contact Point, CERIC, Michelle Dittmer, October 23, 2015).  This article describes the benefits of taking a “gap year”, how it can help to develop soft skills (and which soft-skills are in demand), and advice for how to make the most of the time off.

The top 10 skills that will be in demand by all employers by 2020 (Business Insider, Cadie Thompson, January 21, 2016).  This article describes some of the in-demand skills for the next 4 years.

The Real-World Skills New College Grads Need Most in 2016 (Fortune, Anne Fisher, January 7, 2016).  This article discusses the soft skills that employers are seeking and how soft skills are transferable.


Improving Networking Effectiveness (Cengage Learning) Includes networking tips.

The Best Career-Building Skill Ever …. Asking the Right Questions! (ReInvention2Go, blog, Judy Marston).  Offers advice and tips on networking and informational interviews.

How to Build Relationships through Effective Social Networking (Career Professionals of Canada, Sharon Graham, October 20, 2015).  This article discusses the benefits of active networking and provides some networking tips.


Ontario Entrepreneurship Curriculum Resources (Government of Ontario) An excellent collection of resources and lesson plans about entrepreneurship.
Ontario Entrepreneurship Youth Funds and Resources (Government of Ontario) Information on entrepreneurship government support programs for youth.
Ontario Entrepreneurship Programs for Vulnerable Youth  (Government of Ontario) Information on entrepreneurship government support programs for vulnerable youth.
Summer Company Information on the entrepreneurship grant and program for students returning to school.
The Ontario Network of Entrepreneurs Gives local resources to contact and to connect with an expert based on your postal code

Small Business Centre  The Small Business Centre offers supports, information, guidance, training, and professional advice for entrepreneurs in Windsor-Essex.

WETech Alliance  Visit their website to learn how this local organization fosters innovation in Windsor-Essex.

Why you should launch your career at a startup (The Globe and Mail, October 20, 2015).  An article about career advice/thoughts from an entrepreneur.

Overcoming Challenges Facing Women Entrepreneurs  (Mentor Works Ltd., November 4, 2015) This article gives advice to female entrepreneurs on some of the issues that they may face in entrepreneurship.

Winnovations Presentation (WEtech Alliance, June, 2015).  This presentation features some of the entrepreneurs and innovators that came out of Windsor-Essex.

Brothers behind Windsor’s Riviera Pizza among youngest pizzeria owners in Canada (CBC News, December 7, 2015).  This article highlights two local, very young, successful, and inspirational entrepreneurs.

Career Choice Influences:

Media and Parents in the Post-Secondary Decision-Making Process (Counselling Connect (blog), Mike Peirce, July 11, 2015)  Discusses career influences and provides some sources for accurate career information.

Study says most Canadian parents have a career path in mind for the kids — and they want them to help pay for school (Guelph Tribune, Jillian Follert, October 9, 2015) This article discusses some parental views on careers.

Meet the Three Percent: How Women Succeed in Trades (, Kate Richardson, December 21, 2016).  This article highlights some women working in the trades.  As many young women may be hesitant about going into the trades, this may help them realize that women can be successful in the trades.

Section 5
Education/Training/Financing Education:

Educational Pathways for Agriculture Careers: a guide to career titles and educational pathways in Agriculture Careers.
Educational Pathways for Green Careers: a guide to career titles and educational pathways in Green Careers.
Educational Pathways for Healthcare Careers: a guide to career titles and educational pathways in Healthcare Careers.
Educational Pathways for Specialty Trade Careers: a guide to career titles and educational pathways in Specialty Trade Careers.

Experiential Learning: This website describes the Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program as well as information on occupations in the trades and on apprenticeships.
Experiential Learning Report: Bringing Life to Learning at Ontario Universities (Council of Ontario Universities, 2014).  This report outlines the benefits of experiential learning for students, employers, and the workforce, and highlights some experiential learning opportunities in various Ontario Universities.  You can also find a fact sheet summarizing some of the information here.
Experiential Learning Learning Beyond the Classroom (Ontario Ministry of Education).  This page has information on experiential learning.  It also contains information on the types of experiential learning in an information page found here.  On this website, youth will find volunteering opportunities in Windsor-Essex.  They can search opportunities by a number of factors (skills they want to develop, location, populations they want to work with, etc.).
VIDEO How to Request an Informational Interview and What to Ask in an Informational Interview (  These videos provide information on setting up an informational interview.
VIDEO Career Exploration: How to Setup an Informational Interview Video ( A video on setting up informational interviews.
Study suggests experiential learning provides increased student engagement along with higher workload (academica group).  Summarizes a report on the benefits of experiential learning.

The Secret To Getting A Job After College: Pick A University That Offers Experiential Learning (Forbes, Amy Rees Anderson, August 6, 2015).  This article discusses the importance of experiential learning for students as well as employers.

Earning While Learning: The Benefits of Part-Time Employment During High School (Calgary Career Counselling, Avra Davidoff).  This article discusses the benefits of part time work for high school students and the experiential learning that can result from it, aiding their career development.
4 Ways You Can Make Your Informational Interviews a Little Less Awkward (The Muse, Kat Boogaard).  This article gives advice on how to execute an effective and smooth informational interview.

Other Career Options with Education/Training:

What can I do with a Degree in… (Simon Fraser University) Youth can explore opportunities that various degrees can lead to.
What can I do with a Major in… ( Youth can explore opportunities that various degrees can lead to.
Academic Invest  This Canadian website includes information about what students and graduates can do with their careers in various subjects and majors.

Section 6
Goal Setting:

Goal Setting This website is dedicated to goal setting with students.  It includes online resources, videos about goal setting, and interactive goal setting activities.

Make Your Goal-Setting Plan (Job Seekers Guide).  This website includes resources for exploring careers, self-assessment for self-knowledge, skills, and goal setting.  This particular page of the website has a great mini example of long and short term career goals that make up an action-based career plan.

Five Tips for Setting Strengths-Based Goals this Year (The Potentiality, John Horn, December 30, 2015).  This article offers some tips for creating goals

Enhancing Hope in Clients and Students (Contact Point, CERIC, Lynn Sadlowski, October 23, 2015).  This article discusses the importance of, and strategies for, enhancing hope for career and goal development.

Life-Long Career Navigation

Career Planning: A Lifelong Process (UC Davis Internship and Career Centre) This infographic illustrates the important steps for career navigation, including long term career management.
Career Crafting the Decade after High School (Copyright © 2015 by Cathy Campbell Published by: Canadian Education and Research Institute for Counselling (CERIC)) An excellent resource that describes the realities of career navigation for today’s youth.  It gives information on some of the barriers faced by modern youth and how professionals can help youth.  It emphasizes the concept of life long planning and career navigation and how this will be vital for today’s youth.

Information on Career Navigation

What can parents do about youth unemployment? (W.P. Consulting and Associates, Maureen McCann, January, 2016)  This article describes how parents or mentors can help their children with their career development.

Enhancing Hope in Clients and Students (Contact Point, CERIC, Lynn Sadlowski, October 23, 2015).  This article discusses the importance of, and strategies for, enhancing hope for career and goal development.

Are graduates different? Adventures in Career Development, Tristram Hooley, October 9, 2015

Career Advising for Introverts: Should It Be Different?  The NACE Blog, Janet R. Long,October 6, 2015

What’s Love Got to Do with…Careers? National Career Development Association, Tara Iagulli, September 1, 2015

Careers and counselling: supportive but separated Phoenix: June 2015 – Issue 125, Lucy Hawkins

Reimagining High School Career Education ContactPoint, Karen Schofield, June 26, 2015

PhDs are not aware of private sector jobs University Post, Mike Young, June,2015

Student Paper #2 – Career Development in High School-Aged Youth CCPA Career Counsellors Chapter, Guest Blogger Lauren McKercher, Monday, June 15, 2015

Why Coaching Makes More ‘Brain Sense’ than Advising (Your Workplace).  This article describes how brain research can be applied to guidance.

Half of Canadians regret not getting professional career advice (KAT SIENIUC, The Globe and Mail, Published Last updated

Young Canadians are more optimistic than pessimistic about the job market, survey finds (April 10, 2015, Canadian Council of Chief Executives)

An interesting (but strangely anti-careers) article from Charlie Ball in the Guardian by Tristram Hooley (Adventures in Career Development: Blog)

How career dreams are born Science Daily, September 20, 2014

“Sometimes students have the grades, the motivation and the ability but simply lack the necessary self-confidence to whole-heartedly invest in the pursuit of a realistic new goal,”

The Ideal Career for You – What really matters for happiness and health in your career. Post published by Howard S. Friedman Ph.D.on Jun 08, 2014 in Secrets of Longevity:

“Overall, our findings revealed that when choosing a career, finding the “perfect match” does not necessarily put you on a path toward thriving and long life. What mattered more was getting involved in something meaningful, making a contribution, establishing good social relations, and being well-integrated into one’s community.”

Psychological factors that keep young adults employed: American Sociological Association. (2011, August 22). Psychological factors that keep young adults employed. ScienceDaily. Retrieved January 30, 2014 from

Using Positive Psychology in Career Counselling (Blog Article, April 2015).  Describes how positive psychology can enhance a career program.