The Role of Guidance Counsellors in Calgary's Career Pathways Initiative
The Calgary Board of Education (Canada) has begun implementing a new model of education at the secondary level called Career Pathways in an attempt to provide opportunities for students to make connections between their learning, interests and career development. A career Pathway is defined by the Calgary Board of Education as a "multi-year sequence of career guidance, related coursework and work-based learning experiences that supports students in their exploration of a variety of career choices while providing a context for learning" (Calgary Board of Education, 2004, n.p.). My paper looks at the Career Pathway initiative by exploring the origins of the model, and compare them to previous vocational trends in Alberta. An exploration of how guidance counselling has evolved from vocational guidance to present career counselling theory is made in the context of how guidance counsellors in Calgary can best impact and help shape Career Pathways to incorporate Career Counselling theory and therefore best fit the needs of the students.
Keywords: guidance counselling, Career Pathways, Career development, Vocational education
Dr. Sharon Pelech
Curriculum Leader Student Services and Career Pathways, Student Services, Ernest Manning High School,, Calgary Board of Education