Thanks for visiting the Career Exploration Centre!

After your visit

Here's how participants can continue their career exploration journey.

Did your youth participants develop an interest in certain careers featured during SAITCity?

Here are some activities to help them get more information about different career(s), create a high school timeline and practice post-secondary application skills. 

1. Find your career fit

If you became interested in a career during your visit to the Career Exploration Centre, it's important to investigate further! There's much more to each career than you were able to experience. For example, each career takes place in certain environments and under certain conditions that you may or may not like.

Did you know?

Most people enter post-secondary programs based on their interests and skills. However, people often leave those programs when they don't match up with their values, motivations, preferences for working conditions, personality or temperament.

How will this activity help me? 

By matching your specific qualities to a career path, you'll be more likely to be happier and more successful in your career and in the post-secondary program that prepares you for it. 

How do I do this activity?

Step one

Do you have a good grasp on what your values, motivations, working condition preferences, personality and temperament are? If not, use the interest discovery tools found on the resources for students and youth page to help you identify yours. 

Write them down and move on to step two. 

Step two

Use the career investigation worksheet to help you learn more about the career you are interested in. 

Career investigation worksheet

2. Create a high school timeline

Once you've identified a career you're excited about, create a timeline of in-school and out-of-school opportunities that can help you prepare for it. 

How will this activity help me?

Entrance to many post-secondary programs is competitive and seats are limited. Your chances of getting admitted to the program you want are greatly improved if you can identify and engage in high school courses and other activities related to your chosen career. This is in addition to high school courses that must be taken to qualify for the program.

Did you know?

SAIT looks for good grades, advanced level courses and career exploration experience when considering applicants to our programs. We consider all three things because many of our programs have highly competitive entry processes. When we see relevant career exploration experience, we know you are truly interested in the SAIT program and related career pathways.

How do I do this activity?

Step one

Download the high school career timeline research form. Use this to help you collect information for your timeline or develop your own organizer. 

High school timeline research form

Step two

Begin your research — record the information you find and the source for later reference. Use the following resources to help you:

  • Review the resources for students and youth page to find career and industry information. 
  • Review your career investigation worksheet. 
  • Check out the programs and special opportunities available to you on your high school's website, including Career and Technology Studies courses and options. Are any of these relevant to the career? What are the prerequisites? 
  • Think about your hobbies and other types of experiences that will help you prepare for this career. For example, helping your family prepare for a trip or helping to repair things around the house.
  • Use your peers — did they find helpful sources of information that were different from yours? 
  • Check out opportunities on Propellus, a volunteer website in Calgary. 

Step three

Download the template below. We recommend you print this document on tabloid (11" x 17") paper. 

Pathway to my future career template

Review your research to plan your timeline. Make sure all the courses and experiences are relevant to your chosen career. For example, working at a restaurant is good if you would like to be a restaurant manager, hotel manager or chef. If you want to work in a trade, consider enrolling in the RAP program

See pathway examples

Future career pathway examples

3. Write a post-secondary application letter

Write an application letter for a SAIT program from the point of view of yourself in Grade 12. 

How will this activity help me?

Many post-secondary schools and even some specialized high school programs will ask you to provide a written statement indicating why you are interested and qualified for that particular program. You may be asked to write a report, a letter or an essay. A written statement helps you stand out from the other applicants. 

At SAIT these letters are called Career Investigation Reports. 

By completing this activity, you'll learn more about what it takes to get into a post-secondary program and prepare yourself for the application process. 

How do I do this activity?

Step one

Download the application letter research form. 

Application letter research form

Step two

Use the information you learned in the career fit and high school timeline activities to complete the form. In addition, you can get the information you need to answer the questions using the following resources:

Step three

Discuss your findings with a peer and conduct further research, if needed. 

Step four

Plan your application letter. Create an outline for your letter before writing it. Some of the career investigation reports available on SAIT's website will ask you to organize your writing in a particular way — use this as a guide. Alternatively, your teacher may provide guidelines for you. 

Step five

Write your application letter. Imagine you are now in Grade 12 — write as if you've completed many high school courses and had several career exploration opportunities. 

Once you've completed your first draft, have a peer, teacher and/or parent review and edit your work to make any changes that are needed. 

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