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Career-Life-Connections is a course that students all across British Columbia must complete in order to graduate from secondary school.

By | Nina Stofati

The course itself is intended to prepare young adults to enter the workforce. Although CLC is helpful in certain aspects such as university applications, it is difficult to argue that the course is integral for the growth of students as they prepare to enter adulthood.

While CLC puts emphasis on finding one’s passion, self-reflection, and the three core competencies, much of the content from this course is generally implemented into other subjects.

Career-life development includes ongoing cycles of exploring, planning, reflecting, adapting, and deciding.

https://curriculum.gov.bc.ca/curriculum/career-education/all/career-life-connections

Teachers, academic counselors, and Grade Level Coordinators begin discussing post-secondary options with students as early as Grade Ten. There are various opportunities at school that help students find their passion and discover which career is best suited for them according to their skills and interests. 

If the curriculum were to be amended, it would be appropriate to replace Career Life Connections with a course directly related to the student’s passion. For example, additional courses could be offered under various disciplines such as Humanities, STEM, and Fine Arts in order for students to actually pursue courses that relate to their passions or future careers.

Taking CLC in Grade Twelve is quite repetitive given that the Career Education courses in grades eight to ten covered much of the content being taught in this senior-level course. Furthermore, Career Education has students do lots of self-reflection to find which career choice is best for them.

Students spend three years analyzing their interests, strengths, and weaknesses to evaluate what they will do after high school.

Leaving room in the timetable in Grade 12 to provide additional space for students to enroll in courses directly related to what their post-secondary choices would further benefit the transition from high school to the working world.

Lifelong learning and active citizenship foster career-life opportunities for people and communities.

https://curriculum.gov.bc.ca/curriculum/career-education/all/career-life-connections

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