Career Planning and Scholarships
Career practitioners help students determine their career options while school counsellors help students determine which courses to choose to complete high school and determine future direction.
Six Steps to Support Decisions About your Future
Get to Know Yourself
There are many resources to help you explore your interests, skills, values, personality, abilities and learning style. Speak with your school counsellor or career practitioner to explore the many available options; they can also help you access websites to complete self-evaluations, explore career choices, learn about scholarships and discover how-to apply for post-secondary institutions and jobs.
Research and consider: what are the working conditions? Which skills, education and training do I need? Are there opportunities to advance in this career? What is the future of the industry? Answering these questions will help align your career expectations with its realities.
Get Work Experience
CCSD students have many opportunities to gain work experience and choose a career through our programs including: Dual-Credit, Registered Apprenticeship Program, summer internships, Work Experience, Green Certificate and Career Discover. You can also volunteer, job shadow and participate in informal interviews.
Explore Your Options for Further Education
There are many options available including college, university, technical school, apprenticeship and upgrading.
Make Some Decisions
Review the information you’ve gathered. Do you need more? Have you talked to a career practitioner or a counsellor? There is no right answer, only a best decision. Focus on the journey, be flexible and recognize that change is constant.
Plan & Act
Once you know your abilities, talents and values, establish short- and long-term goals that will guide your career. See the section below for more information about scholarships, grants and bursaries to support the choices you’ve made.
Career Planning Resources
- Footprints to Your Future: A Guide to High School Available courses at our high schools and choices that influence your post-secondary options and career choices. Print Version & Interactive Version (download to a desktop computer or laptop for full interactivity).
- Alberta Learning Information Service Information to plan your career, education programs, occupational profiles and scholarship information.
- All About U–Your Guide to Post-Secondary Education Advice, tips and information on how-to choose a career and university.
- Calgary Youth Employment Centre Free career and employment support for youth ages 15–24 including resume, job search, interview and networking assistance.
- Tradesecrets The Government of Alberta explains apprenticeships, the various trades, certification requirements and the availability of grants and scholarships.
Scholarships, Grants & Bursaries
A scholarship is a monetary award based on academic merit or excellence in a specific area of study or discipline (athletics, music, volunteerism, etc.) and often includes secondary requirements such as leadership or citizenship. A government grant is provided to students in need of financial assistance and does not need to be paid back. A bursary is a monetary grant based primarily on financial need and often includes secondary requirements such as leadership or citizenship. For more information, see the Scholarship & Student Financial Aid Brochure.
Students can apply for many scholarships, including the:
- City of Calgary Scholarship*
- Joan MacLeod Fine Arts Scholarship*
- Mary Ngo Family Bursary*
- Kerry Dyte Educational Scholarship (click on the link to create a profile and apply)
*Note: The application period is from April 8–May 31, 2022.
For other Canadian scholarships, visit: