F unded by the Ontario Trillium Foundation, GEOfutures is an intensive career navigation program for youth (ages 12-25). GEOfutures aims to guide youth in finding their ideal career pathways for which they are best suited while teaching them the skills and knowledge required for effective career navigation and career success.

Youth will exit the program with a detailed action plan for their careers that includes helpful tips and other information that will help them throughout the courses of their careers.

As a facilitator of GEOfutures, you will be delivering this program to your youth.

Module #1:

Introduction to Career Navigation

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.

Module #2:

Self-Knowledge

By the end of this section, youth participants will:

  • 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.

Module #3:

Exploring Careers

By the end of this section, youth participants will:

  • 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.

Module #4:

Other Relevant Skills and Knowledge

By the end of this section, youth participants will:

  • 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.

Module #5:

Looking Ahead

By the end of this section, youth participants will:

  • 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.

Module #6:

Section 6: Action Plan

By the end of this section, youth participants will:

  • 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 abilitiesBy the end of this section, youth participants will:
  • 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

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