Presentation on theme: "Holistic Career Development- An Aboriginal Approach"— Presentation transcript:
1 Holistic Career Development- An Aboriginal Approach Acknowledge host Nations – Algonquin & Metis homeland (Kelly)Introduce ourselvesAs this presentation is about a holistic approach to career development, we’ll start with a prayer (Nancy)
2 Holistic Approach Spiritual Physical Emotional Mental We have started in our first realm with SpiritualityAcknowledge that starting with a prayer may have been unusual and maybe even uncomfortable for someThis is the same with our studentsNot talking about religion hereResearch and best practices show that it is best to use a holistic approach when learning anything newMental
3 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; and2 - 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.).
4 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 settingTo choose an appropriate program (i.e. career choice)To be successful in academics (studying, numeracy, literacy)To be independent, responsible and self-confidentTo cope with overall “life” issues.
5 Background – The Process Role of post secondary institutionsResearched other programs and did a literature reviewContacted post-secondary institutionsConsulted with the communityRecruited partnerships – Jobmatics TMDeveloped a teamDeveloped the programJobmatics had programs (Smart Focusing & Career Focusing)We were able to work with them to further develop programs to meet our own needs & to incorporated the holistic approach
6 EYP ModelThe EYP was developed based on the Medicine Wheel teachings – holistic model.It is used to encourage students to live a balanced life that includes mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual strength; whatever form that spirituality takes.Post-secondary students who live a balanced life are more likely to be successful.In line with the medicine wheel, the EYP also strives to find a balance between supporting students (hand-holding) and student independence (letting go).Each student is at a different place in this journey, but the overall goal is to increase their self-reliance.
7 Starting with Life Skills Designed to give the student an introduction to interpersonal communications.Course content includes:overview of communicationsself-conceptPerceptionsListeningnon-verbal communicationunderstanding of how interpersonal relationships work.Presents an overview of the nature of groups, group problem-solving and communication climates in a group setting.Program has 6 on-reserve courses & 2 urban courses post-secondary accredited through RRCCalendar is specifically designed to start with Life SkillsThis is where students begin to first work in the emotional and spiritual realms.
9 What We Do - Career FocusingTM The Big 3... Keys to Work that FitsYou are doing work that fits when you...Work with what you love:artifact bag → Focus2) 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
10 What We Do - Career FocusingTM What we added…Wellness PlanFocus on budget (including “Free Money”)Portfolio (including formal presentation)Field tripsAboriginal Learning StylesFunctioning in a digital & form-filled world (i.e. Essential Skills)Career Development Inventory
11 The InventoryIn 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 increasedDecision-making and planning refinedAwareness of importance of “fit”, barriers and realities increasedSo we have empirical data to show us that our holistic approach to career development is making a difference!!
12 The StudyThe 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.The Study showed us we were making progress, but had further work to do.Increasing numbers of students were entering and continuing post-secondary.Next step: collect post-secondary completion numbers and workforce (entering, maintaining) numbers.
13 Challenges Encountered Emotional - self-esteem issues, passivity, apathy, dependenceIntellectual – 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 don’t have that sense of identity due to loss of culture/colonizationThese challenges are based on the individual and do not include the external challenges students face such as housing, availability of a support system, transportation, child care, etc.
14 What’s next? Enhanced Grade 12 Further “backtracking” Collecting more dataPartnerships & Mentorships