Hobbies can equal careers

or many parents, helping their teens struggle with “what should I be when I grow up” can be a real challenge. To assist parents, a new tool has been developed.

For many parents, helping their teens struggle with “what should I be when I grow up” can be a real challenge. To assist parents, a new tool has been developed. Through a series of videos, teens can take a look at what they like to do as a hobby and see how it might translate into a career. Where to view this? The Alberta Learning Information System, or ALIS (alis.alberta.ca) is the place to go. A new series of Youth Reflections Videos helps high school students prepare for, explore and experience post-secondary opportunities and potential occupations.

These short, three-to -four minute videos feature Alberta youth aged 12 to 15 exploring career paths, connecting hobbies to careers and discussing life as a student. The videos help students:

• understand which post-secondary programs are available

• discover occupations they may not have considered

• learn how to connect their hobbies to interesting career and learning paths

• find out how work options like volunteering, job shadowing, part-time work and summer employment can help career exploration

In the series of videos on career paths, students aged 15 to 17 explore occupations including anaplastologist,actor,pediatrician,engineer,carpenter,millwright, law enforcement officer, recreation education, coach or sport medicine physician.

To find all of this, click on the Educators/Counsellors tab at the top, then Education Planning and the link to Planning for Post secondary.

Parents will also find other useful information on this site such as apprenticeship information, high school transcripts information, as well as career testing sites and other links to help parents and their teens explore career choices.

This information is adapted in part from ALIS.