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Planning Your Future

Transitions to Secondary School

Each secondary school has a transition calendar that they follow in order to plan for the transition of Grade 8 students to secondary school.  If you have not received information in the fall of your grade 8 year, contact the secondary school guidance department in your area or visit their website to learn more.Education and career/life planning

Looking Forward

Learning to set goals and plan for the future is an essential activity and a requirement for all students in grades 7-12.  In order to support education and career/life planning students investigate various aspects of themselves as they relate to their current learning and future planning by addressing several key questions.

myBlueprintmyBlueprint education planner is a tool all students can use to plan for their futures.  In addition, the tool is fully available to parents! Visit the website, create an account and link with your child for secondary and post-secondary planning. 

Other Career Planning Resources

Scholarships for post-secondary education      

There are many scholarships and bursaries students can apply for. Visit the Guidance Department to find out about scholarships available at your school. Be sure to check out these websites too:

Summer Jobs Programs

Check out the Ministry of Training Colleges and University's website to see how you can get help finding a summer job! Visit to see what summer jobs are available across Canada (check with your secondary school guidance department for Username and Password information).

Local Employment Services

The Barrie Career Centre, a department with Adult and Continuing Education, is pleased to be part of the Network of Employment Ontario Service Providers funded by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities. As part of the network, the Career Centre works with individuals, employers and communities to build the highly skilled, highly educated workforce Ontario needs to be competitive. If you are looking for a job or if you are an employer looking to hire, contact the Career Centre at 705-725-8990 ext. 45200. 

Job bank helps you find jobs across Canada and has listings that are updated daily. You can advertise your profile to employers and receive a list of matching jobs.

Service Canada – Barrie Office

Youth can search the Student/Youth Job Bank to find work opportunities especially for them, or visit the Youth Canada website for information and resources to help them with their job search, including tips on writing résumés and cover letters.

Applying for Jobs

Do you need a Social Insurance Number?

In order to accept a job with an employer you will need a Social Insurance Number (SIN). If you don't have one,
apply on the Service Canada website.​