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.

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

“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

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.

Handouts For Youth

En Français

WEnav L’avenir idéal — Exemples

WEnav Mon avenir idéal

WEnav Parcours professionnels

WEnav Partie 1: Questions de réflexion

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.

Handouts For Youth

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.

Handouts For Youth

En Français

WEnav En apprendre plus sur différentes carrières
WEnav Des tonnes de carrières!

WEnav L’exemple de Beth — Qu’est-ce que cela veut dire

WEnav Indices possibles pour votre (vos) carrière(s) idéale(s)

WEnav Qu’est-ce que cela veut dire

WEnav Démarrer ma recherche

WEnav Les carrières qui m’intéressent

WEnav Autres carrières m’intéressent

WEnav Questions de réflexion — Partie 3