More Information for Career Planning
Now that you’ve had an opportunity to consider careers related to the ocean, take the time to consider the following steps to your dream job:
Step One: Decide which career area is right for you.
- Talk to someone working in the job you’re considering and ask them what they think about their field.
- Volunteer in the industry.
- Attend career information sessions hosted by your school, Uu-a-thluk, and other organizations.
Step Two: Finish high school
- Talk to a guidance counsellor and make sure you get the courses you need.
- Earn graduation credits by volunteering in your chosen field.
Step Three: Get Job Experience
- Find a summer job in your chosen field.
- Volunteer in a related job.
- Find a mentor working in a job you want and ask them if you can help out.
Step Four: Further Your Education
- Go to college, university, or enter a trades training program.
- Earn certificates, attend workshops, and take other necessary courses.
- Jump right in and learn on-the-job.
Financial Support for Students
Apprenticeships: If you like the sound of learning a trade, you should consider the pre-apprenticeship programs offered by many B.C. schools. These programs give you the skills you need to tackle workplace-based training and may be eligible for credit towards the college portion of your apprenticeship. Contact B.C.’s Industry Training Authority (ITA) at www.itabc.ca for more information. Ask them about funding options for your program. Once you have finished the in-class portion of your training, you will learn the rest of your skills on-the-job. You’ll also be paid when you begin work, with wages that go up as you gain experience.
College: If you are going to college to earn a diploma or a certificate, chances are your school will offer some financial support. Contact your program advisor to get more information on grants, bursaries, scholarships, and loans. Other organizations and companies also offer student funding. See the resources at the back of this book and visit the links marked “funding.”
University: If you are interested in going to university to earn one of the careers listed in this book, the Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council might be able to help. Our education department provides support for programs that lead to an undergraduate or graduate degree offered by a recognized B.C. institution. Funding is also available for students who want to attend university, but who first need to complete some college prep courses. The once-a-year deadline for this program is January 31st. If you would like to find out more, contact the NTC education department at (250) 724-5757 or toll-free (877) 677-1131.
Other Support: Can you spend your summers and the time before you enter school working at a job to pay for your education? Most people are expected to pay for some part of their schooling, no matter how small. Finding and keeping a job is one way to get experience and send yourself to school.
If you need to borrow money, both the B.C. and Canadian governments offer loans to post-secondary students through the Canada Student Loans Program. You only have to apply once to find out if you qualify. Some of the money might even be yours to keep. To find out more, visit www.canlearn.ca or call 1-800-561-1818 and ask about student loans. Be sure to apply for a Canada Study Grant after you qualify.
The Nuu-chah-nulth Employment and Training Board (NETB) also provides funding for training in short-term courses that help prepare you for your career. Contact NETB at (250) 724-5757 for more information.
How do I know what career to choose?
Start by volunteering in jobs that interest you. Offering your time will give you a chance to build up skills and experience and see what it’s like working in that field. If you want to work in your community, talk to your guidance counsellor, your local career centre, a youth worker, or anyone else who might know about jobs available. Consider wages, job location, and the training required before making your decision.
How do I choose which school to attend?
If you already know what career interests you, you can find out more about what schools offer the training you are looking for by visiting www.educationplanner.bc.ca. This web site lists all the post-secondary programs in B.C. You can search by program, area of interest, location, and more. Make a list of the schools that offer the programs you want and try to visit them. When you’re there, attend a few classes, talk to other students, and meet with the school’s guidance personnel. Ask them questions about courses, classes, and jobs for their graduates. If you already know someone working in the job that you want, ask him or her where they went to school.
How do I get funding to go to school?
See the previous section to find out how to get funding from our tribal council, the Government of Canada, the province, and more. Many organizations also offer scholarships, loans, and bursaries for Aboriginal students. See the resources at the back of this book and visit the links marked “funding” or talk to your guidance counsellor or education worker.
How do I apply to a school once I’ve decided where I want to go?
Even if you know what school you would like to attend, think about applying to more than one. Competition is stiff for some programs, so give yourself options. Each school will have its own deadlines. Check with your program’s advisor for more information. In general, you need to send an application for admissions and a transcript of your high school grades to the school’s admissions office well before the program begins.
How can I make sure I get a job when I graduate?
This is something to consider before you go to school. Gaining skills and experience through volunteer work is a great way to get ahead in your field, but you should also know where the jobs are. Talk to your education worker or a career counsellor through your high school, your nation, or your local career centre. They will be able to give you information about the job prospects in your chosen field. Asking questions of people who already work in the field is also a good way to know where the jobs are.
For more information, please visit the following web sites.
- Aboriginal Learning Links
- Access: Building Futures Today
- Aboriginal Youth
- Department of Fisheries and Oceans Human Resources
- Job Futures
- Work Futures B.C.
Student Job Outcomes
- B.C. Student Outcomes
- The University Presidents’ Council of B.C. Student Outcomes Report
- Aboriginal Scholarships and Bursaries
- Aboriginal Scholarships BC
- National Student Loans Service Centre
- Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council Post-Secondary Program
- Student Awards in Canada
- The Federal Student Work Experience Program
- Aboriginal Canada Portal:
- Aboriginal Business Canada
- A Guide to Aboriginal Organizations and Services in British Columbia
- Building Environmental Aboriginal Human Resources
- Nuu-chah-nulth Economic Development Corporation
- Parks Canada Jobs
- Post-Secondary Education Opportunities
Toll Free (888) 664-2256
- Public Service Commission of Canada
- West Coast Aquatic Management Board