Employability and more people will be engaged.

Employability Reflection Questions You have developed various new skills and/or further enhanced existing skills, how do these skills apply to everyday life? How have these skills been able to help you become active citizens? Can you identify a career in which your skills, civics and citizenship education might be an asset?I personally have earned various skills of mine and have also added different and unique skills into my inventory. The various assignments and projects we were introduced to in Civics and Careers have both improved, as well as help me gain skills. One of the few assignments that have enhanced my skills would be the ‘Leadership Film Reflection.’ The writing content of this assignment further boosted my writing skills (ex. Smooth flow of words) as well as my organizational skills (ex. Bold font, paragraph separation, title and subtitles etc.). It also showed me how and when to act and behave like a leader. Both organization and writing skills are very commonly used and essential in everyday life (ex. Writing in school, writing used in school assignments, orgnizing room, organizing of schedule).  These skills have helped me with becoming a active citizen as it is important to be a leader at crutial times. For example, when in a discussion, and no one is talking or leading, taking the leading step would be the best move as it will generate interest, and more people will be engaged. Carrears that involve leadership include, Entrepreneurship, Acting, Law, Policing, e.t.c. I am more interested in Entrepreneurship. What are some tools you have used to search for careers/jobs?  Which tools and avenues are available to you if you wish to find out more about a specific job/careers? There are various tools used for finding jobs. You can use conncections, you can also use your knowledge of the area to find a job, but the most useful tool has to be the Internet. You can find literally amything on the internet, and jobs arn’t an exception. The internet is also very easy to use. To go into more specifications, websites such as craigslist, jobfinder, workopolis and fivver are all tools you can use to find a suitable job for you. There are more tools from the internet you can find to help you get a job, but fiverr, workopolis, and jobfinder are the dominating ones, which is why it’s better to use. Another good tool, is social media, sites such as facebook, twitter, instagram, e.t.c all help with finding you jobs, you just need the right connections. Companies have been advertising job openings on Facebook for years, but the world’s biggest social network has only recently gotten into the formal job posting business. Starting in early 2017, Facebook began allowing companies to post job ads for free via their profiles. Users can search for jobs in their area and then apply through a form that’s pre-populated with information from their profile. (You’ll be able to edit the details.) Some employer’s ads might even show up right in your feed, saving you the trouble of searching. You can also check your local resourses, Many cities have a local employment office that is designed to help people find jobs in their town. Employment offices require you to visit them in person and usually require you to complete tests such as typing test. Going to the local employment office is encouraging in a way because it lets you know that you are not alone in process of searching for a new job.You completed the 4 Step Health and Safety, why is H&S knowledge important for both school and workplace settings? As you come closer to the legal working age, many opportunities will arise for you to obtain employment. Describe 2 ways in which you can prepare for these opportunitiesThere are various ways prepare for getting in the work force. The first way, to prepare is joining courses that help build experience, such as co-op and shsm. Co-op is a course that teaches you what it’s like being in the workforce. The main point of this course is to get used to working environments, so when you  are actually in the workforce, you won’t be so overwhelmed by all the work. A SHSM is a ministry-approved specialized program that allows students to focus their learning on a specific economic sector while meeting the requirements to graduate from secondary school. It also assists in their transition after graduation to apprenticeship training, college, university or the workplace. Students have the opportunity to:gain important skills on the job with actual employers, at skills training centres and at schoolearn valuable industry certifications, including first aid and CPR qualifications.Following the various personality tests we completed in class, you have been able to better understand yourself as evident by your mind-maps. Describe your interests, strengths, and needs, and how these influence your decisions about education and work.I am a very open minded person, I’m always willing to consider new ideas, and when an oppertunity arises for me to shine, I will happily take it. That being said, I’m very strong in my communication, and teamwork skills, I prefer working solo, but if I’m being put in a group, I will happily do my task without any problems. These traits influence my decisions because if oppertunities arise where there is a lot of communication and teamwork involved, I will take it. I also don’t like being put on the spotlight, this influences my decisions on the type of job/workforce I chose. To be successful at school and work there are various skills necessary, which skills do you feel are key to master and why (list and explain top 3)There are many skills necessary to be successful at school and work. It is important to do good in school, to get a good job, and to do well in work, do get paid a decent amount. The first skill you will need to learn to be successful at school and work has to be your willingness to learn. At school/work you ALWAYS have to be willing to learn to succeed. Without listening or learning you wont get anywhere in your school and work carrear. To be willing to learn, listen to what your teachers and peers have to say, for you to improve. In my opinion, the second most important skill is the ability to communicate.Effective verbal and written communication skills are high on the list for most employers. Along with the ability to communicate, an effective communicator also has the ability to listen. Being able to present ideas to people within all levels of the company daqor to clients is a key component to being successful in qthe workplace. The first skill everyone should know to be successful in work and school has to be a Team Player. Employers prefer to hire people who work well with others. Following on the heels of effective communication skills, the ability to work with otheaXrrs from all cultures and backgrounds is paramount to a successful career in business, government or nonprofit organizations. When you have the ability to relate to and inspire others, you have a greater chance of advancing your career and being considered for that next promotion.Would you rather have a job that pays less but you enjoy, or that pays more but you don’t like?Personally, I’d rather have a job that pays less but I enjoy. I’d rather have this job because if I do what I really enjoy, I really wouldn’t consider it a job. I’m getting paid, for doing what I like, even if it isn’t much. Theres a quote that goes “if you do what you love, you’ll never work a day” which is very true. It’s also true that doing what you love will eventually get paid more. Doing what you love, and doing it good, will get you very far in life. More people do jobs that they don’t like but pays well, because of many factors such as family, peer pressure, low income e.t.c. _________________________________________________________________________________________Portfolio Part 2- Secondary_________________________________________________________________________________________Section B: SecondaryCourse PlanReflectionProof of Volunteer Hours/PlanCourse Plan Prior to becoming a Doctor, Civil Engineer or Carpenter you have to fulfill post-secondary requirements. You will not get into your desired post-secondary program unless you meet the secondary course requirements. What is your plan for the next 2 years? Which courses do you require to get into your post-secondary program?Secondary Reflection Questions”Activism is my rent for living on the planet ” –  Alice Walker, social worker, teacher, lecturer, Civil and Women’s Rights activist, poet and Pulitzer Prize winner (The Colour Purple). When you hear this quote, what comes to mind? Does this affect the way you manage your behaviour in school? What strategies do you use to manage your behaviour?During the next few years of your life, change will become constant. What strategies can you use to ease your way through these transitions? How will these strategies help with the transition?There are many strategies to help ease your way through changing. Change has to happen, but dealing with it could be hard. The first stratergy is to is Preparing for change when possible, If the change is planned, preparing for it by thinking about what we can do to make it feel easier, and deciding what we will do if it gets hard, helps. For instance, I find it hard to adjust to a new home soon after I have moved in.  Even when it is a nice new home.  So I set up my bedroom right away so that at least one room feels organized and familiar.  Or I stay with family for a few days until I feel more organized.  I also try to walk around my neighborhood, and invite friends over as soon as possible so that the new place starts to feel like home.  I plan to do these things before I move so that when I’m in the middle of the change, I know exactly what I need to do to make my transition smoother. The next strategy is accepting change, change can be hard to accept, but once you make that change normal, it won’t be that hard at all. For example, you move into a new house, it’s completely different from your old appartment, it’s hard to accept the fact that you’re in a new place, but eventually you will get the hang of it. You have identified the courses that you will take in your final two years of high school. Why have you chosen to take these courses? What is your thought process behind your selection? Are there any other goals you have for your academic achievements?The courses I have taken for the final two years of highschool are computer sciences, and software engeneering. I’ve taken these courses because I come from a very tech savy background, both my parents have tech related jobs, and are both good at computer sciences. I do admit, family decesions mainly lead me to picking these courses, but I do also think I’m good at computer sciences. I do strive to get honors in all grades, and I’m planning to join as many clubs as I can. My main focus is getting good grades in computer sciences, for universities to pick me. What are some weaknesses you have that may make it challenging for you to meet obstacles that may get in the way of your success in secondary school? What skills do you have that will help you overcome these obstacles? I have many weaknesses and obstacles that interfere with my choices in secondary school, and sad to say my parents and peers are my biggest. I had ideas of taking courses I liked for grade 11 and 12, I was thinking of taking photography, animation CGI, gym e.t.c, but I had to change because of many of my peers telling me that I wasn’t making the right choice, and no universities would select me. My parents also told me to take harder courses, such as computer science, biology e.t.c. The skills I have that helped me with these obstacles is compromising, and initiating. I compromised by adding the courses I WANT, and the courses others wanted me to have aswell, so my semester next year won’t be too hard or too easy. I also initiated by doing something instead of listening to what everyone else said. What is your plan to complete your 40 hours of community service? Describe strategies you will use/have used to complete your hours, and explain how you plan to finish them._________________________________________________________________________________________Portfolio Part 3- Post – Secondary_________________________________________________________________________________________Section C: Post-SecondaryFunding BudgetProgram Options Plan (3)ReflectionFunding BudgetHow will you be funding your post secondary? Budget at least your first year. Think of expenses like; tuition, books, meals, bills, social expenses (events), personal expenses such as clothing, your commute or living on campus? What are the costs incurred for you specifically? Use MyBluePrint to help you budget.Program Options Plan (3)Explore 3 different program option, what do these programs require (courses and averages for Secondary, volunteering, portfolio, experience, references). UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO- Computer Sciences Average grade low 90’s English – low to mid 70sCalculus – mid to high 80sRequired Highschool Courses, English, Calculus and VectorsMcMaster University- BusinessAverage grade 83% English- low to mid 80’sMath- low to mid 90’sRequired English, Math, Buisness for highschoolPost-Secondary Reflection QuestionsDescribe one strength, one weakness and one interest that have influenced your decisions when making your post-secondary plans. What strategies can you use to overcome this weakness? Often people rely on a support network when trying to accomplish large goals in life. Who is in your support network that you can rely on to help you get to your desired post-secondary destination?_________________________________________________________________________________________Portfolio Part 4- Post – Active Citizenship_________________________________________________________________________________________Section D: Active CitizenshipProof of Civic InvolvementReflectionActive Citizenship Reflection”Activism is my rent for living on the planet ” –  Alice Walker.When you read this quote, reflect upon your behaviour and the role you play in your community. What strategies do you use to manage your behaviour as a member of your community? Does being Canadian – a citizen of a democratic nation – affect your beliefs and values towards being an active citizen? Explain how your beliefs and values affect your position on civic issues and relate to your civic action. Think about the issues discussed in your Discussion Panel and in class. Choose one issue. What role do you think the government should play in this issue (think about all three levels)? Are there certain political figures (Prime Minister, Premiers, MPs, MPPs), government structures (ie. the courts, specific ministries) or specific institutions (corporations or companies) that should also play a role? What rights and responsibilities are associated with citizenship? As Canadians, do our rights and responsibilities differ from others around the world? Is there national and/or international protection for these rights? Becoming a Canadian citizen means that you acquire certain rights and responsibilities.  These come to us from our history, are secured by Canadian law, and reflect our shared traditions, identity, and values.The Constitution of Canada was amended in 1982 to entrench the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, which begins with the words, “Whereas Canada is founded upon principles that recognize the supremacy of God and the rule of law.” This phrase underlines the importance of religious traditions to Canadian society and the dignity and worth of the human person.The Charter attempts to summarize fundamental freedoms while also setting out additional rights. The most important of these include:Mobility Rights — Canadians can live and work anywhere they choose in Canada, enter and leave the country freely, and apply for a passport.Aboriginal Peoples’ Rights — The rights guaranteed in the Charter will not adversely affect any treaty or other rights or freedoms of Aboriginal peoples.Official Language Rights and Minority Language Educational Rights — French and English have equal status in Parliament and throughout the government.Multiculturalism — A fundamental characteristic of the Canadian heritage and identity. Canadians celebrate the gift of one another’s presence and work hard to respect pluralism and live in harmony. These rights should be avaliable world wideNow that you have some real-life experience volunteering at the Food Bank – either Daily Bread or Salvation Army – or with our Community Service Project, and some knowledge of current events and issues, identify and describe at least (2) types of civic contributions in Canadian society, and identify ways in which people can contribute to the common good.Think back to the article you lead your discussion on for the Discussion Panels. If you had to develop a ‘plan of action’ to address the problem or issue in your article, what would you do? First, think of the political significance the issue has. What would some of your objectives be in this plan of action? What would your desired results of the plan be?Females in the workforce earning less than men. I think corperations all over the world should add “transparency” in the workforce to close the gender gap. Women feel less comfortable asking for a raise, which is one of the reasons they get paid less. If corparations use transparency, by using things such as the “sunshine list” women will feel more empowered to ask for a raise. A sunshine list shows everyone’s pay in the workforce, only for people who make over $100k, If a woman sees shes getting paid less than a man but they are doing the same job, it will prompt her to ask for a raise.Think back to the different opinions you and your group members shared during your Discussion Panels. Identify one civic issue (this could be the one your article discussed, one your group member discussed, or an entirely different one) that is important to you. Describe when someone has shown a different perspective than you on this issue, and describe how you think their beliefs and values have shaped their perspective. Do you believe there are certain communities in Canada that feel a certain way about a specific issue for a collective reason?               Please see the rubric for SPECIFIC expectations and success criteria.Careers Portfolio Evaluation Rubric          Mark Total:         / 100Success CriteriaLevel 1 (50-59%)Level 2  (60-69%)Level 3  (70-79%)Level 4  (80-100%)Portfolio LayoutWell organizedNeatTable of contentsSections are clearly dividedPortfolio is poorly organized; does not accurately display the student’s accomplishmentsLittle thought went into the organization of the portfolio; satisfactory showcase of the student’s accomplishmentsSome thought went into the organization of the portfolio; very good showcase of the student’s accomplishmentsPortfolio is well organized; excellent  creative showcase of the student’s accomplishmentsPart 1:  Employability Skills Section:Resume (C)Cover Letter (C)References (C)Health and Safety Certificate (C)1 job application (C)1 volunteer application (C)ReflectionReflections demonstrate a limited examinationReflections display poor writing skills with an excessive number of grammatical and spelling errorsSeveral missing elementsReflections demonstrate a satisfactory examination of some itemsReflections display fair writing skills with 3+ Some missing elementsReflections demonstrate a thorough and complete examination of most itemsReflection is well written with1-2 grammatical and/or spelling errorsOne or two missing elementsReflections demonstrate a thoughtful and complete examination of all itemsReflection is well written with no grammatical or spelling errorsNo missing elementsPart 2:  Secondary Section:Proof of Volunteer Hours (C)Course Plan – List of Gr. 11 & 12 courses (by semester)ReflectionCourse plan is incomplete and/or disorganized; missing several elementsReflections demonstrate a limited examination of secondary planReflections display poor writing skills with an excessive number of grammatical and spelling errorsCourse plan is  somewhat incomplete and/or disorganized; missing some elementsReflections demonstrate a satisfactory examination of secondary planReflections display fair writing skills with 3+ grammatical and spelling errorsCourse plan is complete and organized; most elements presentReflections demonstrate a thorough and complete examination of secondary planReflection is well written with1-2 grammatical and/or spelling errorsCourse plan is complete and well organized; all elements presentReflections demonstrate a thoughtful and complete examination of secondary planReflection is well written with no grammatical or spelling errorsPart 3:  Post-Secondary Section:Post-Secondary Funding BudgetPost-Secondary Options Plan (include 3)ReflectionBudget is not complete; missing significant elementsProgram options plan demonstrates limited understanding and has 1 option listedReflection demonstrates limited knowledge of post-secondary plan and budgetReflection displays poor writing skills with an excessive number of grammatical and spelling errorsBudget is not complete; missing some elementsProgram options plan demonstrates some understanding and has 2-3 options listedReflection demonstrates some knowledge of post-secondary plan and budgetReflections display fair writing skills with 3+ grammatical and spelling errorsBudget is complete; missing one or two elementsProgram options plan demonstrates a considerable understanding and has 3 options listedReflection demonstrates considerable knowledge of post-secondary plan and budgetReflection demonstrates considerable  understanding of the relationship between concepts and their personal management skillsBudget is completed very well; all elements presentProgram options plan demonstrates a thorough and complete understanding and has 3 options listedReflection demonstrates thorough knowledge of post-secondary plan and budgetReflection demonstrates thorough understanding of the relationship between concepts and their personal management skillsPart 4:  Active Citizenship Section:Proof of Civic Involvement (C)ReflectionReflection demonstrates a limited examination of active citizenshipReflection displays poor writing skills with an excessive number of grammatical and spelling errorsReflection demonstrates a satisfactory examination of active citizenshipReflection displays fair writing skills with 3+ grammatical and spelling errorsReflection demonstrates a clear and thorough examination of active citizenshipReflection is well written with1-2 grammatical and/or spelling errorsReflection demonstrates a thoughtful and complete examination of active citizenshipReflection is well written with no grammatical or spelling errors