Our Journey to Holistic Career Development – The Numbers In 2007, we looked at the statistics for the five preceding years. The statistics indicated that there were only 45 graduates from our local Nursery to Grade 12 school. Out of the 45 graduates: 1 - Graduated from a post secondary program and was no longer attending; 3 - Were continuing in the same program; 5 - Were continuing in a new program without completing the first program; 23 - Had started but were no longer continuing; 11 - Never attempted post secondary education; and 2 - Graduated and were continuing in another program. $13,220: What our First Nation spends to fund a student in their first year of post-secondary studies (i.e. tuition, books, allowances, rental subsidies, relocation costs etc.).
Our Journey to Holistic Career Development – The Program The Enhancement Year Program (EYP) was established in our community in 2007 in order to ensure that our graduates had better chance of attaining post secondary success. Students were not completing programs, were not entering meaningful employment and not making positive life choices. They did not have the skills: To function in an urban setting To choose an appropriate program (i.e. career choice) To be successful in academics (studying, numeracy, literacy) To be independent, responsible and self-confident To cope with overall life issues.
Background – The Process Role of post secondary institutions Researched other programs and did a literature review Contacted post-secondary institutions Consulted with the community Recruited partnerships – Jobmatics TM Developed a team Developed the program
Starting with Life Skills Designed to give the student an introduction to interpersonal communications. Course content includes: – overview of communications – self-concept – Perceptions – Listening – non-verbal communication – understanding of how interpersonal relationships work. Presents an overview of the nature of groups, group problem-solving and communication climates in a group setting.
What We Do - Career Focusing TM The Big 3... Keys to Work that Fits You are doing work that fits when you... 1)Work with what you love: artifact bag Focus 2) Work in a way that suits you: innate preferences Preference Identification Tools (PITs) 3) Work in a way that reflects your realities: academic financial personal work (learned) skills
What We Do - Career Focusing TM What we added… Wellness Plan Focus on budget (including Free Money) Portfolio (including formal presentation) Field trips Aboriginal Learning Styles Functioning in a digital & form-filled world (i.e. Essential Skills) Career Development Inventory
The Inventory In we did a Career Development Inventory (before and after) and compiled the results. Results showed us: Knowledge increased (e.g. occupation vs. career) Value of career planning increased Decision-making and planning refined Awareness of importance of fit, barriers and realities increased
The Study The program included a research component (with both qualitative and quantitative methodologies) so that the team could keep track of lessons learned and if the program was having an impact and what kind of impact it was having on the students over the course of five years. The Final report was completed after five years and presented to the team and the Board of Education.
Challenges Encountered Emotional - self-esteem issues, passivity, apathy, dependence Intellectual – more preparation is required – prior Learning, assisting them with becoming self-reliant, independent learners (i.e. homework & time management) Physical - drug & alcohol abuse, addictions are an issue, addictions/unhealthy lifestyle (lack of balance) interferes with goals (i.e. attendance) Spiritual – values/spiritual disconnection, they dont have that sense of identity due to loss of culture/colonization
Whats next? Enhanced Grade 12 Further backtracking Collecting more data Partnerships & Mentorships