Authors: Calvin Coish
Calvin Coish's Career Planning Guide for Adult Learners includes stories, questions, sample resume, cover letter and much more. Written for adult learners this publication explores the world of work, occupations and career fields. Interspersed among the practical chapters that provide information about these topics are the personal stories of five adults who talk about their school and work experiences. A section entitled Jobs of the Future provides brief descriptions of career areas for people living in Newfoundland and Labrador, while the final section of the booklet explores job search techniques and entrepreneurship.
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Lesson Plan 23
This lesson plan, prepared by ESL (English as a Second Language) teachers, is geared to learners looking for work or planning for employment. The objective of the lesson is to explore decision making, including brainstorming, prioritizing, weighing pros and cons and considering alternative options. Learners will discuss why certain factors about a job are more important than others and how these factors will impact their decision making when they are looking for work.
The two Essential Skills required are Thinking Skills (Decision Making), and Oral Communication.
This manual, developed through the Employment Track Express pilot project, is intended for use with laid-off workers. It combines computer fundamentals and an introduction to essential skills with job-search strategies.
The computer skills modules of Employment Track Express are based on curriculum from the Computer Fundamentals course of the Academic and Career Entrance (ACE) program. ACE is an adult upgrading program delivered by Ontario community colleges as a Grade 12 equivalency program for the purposes of entrance to apprenticeship, college postsecondary programs and employment.
This handbook was developed for use by Community Adult Learning Centres (CALCs) in Alberta, though the authors note that it can be used in other literacy settings.
An evidence file is similar to a learning or career portfolio. While a portfolio typically includes an autobiographical essay, learning statements, and documented evidence of prior learning, an evidence file contains only documented evidence of prior learning related to a specific goal. That evidence might include a goal statement or cover letter, resumé, letters of reference or verification, sample work documents, skills checklists, certificates, and performance assessments.
The handbook includes sections on how evidence files can help individuals; what to include in the file; different types of evidence of learning; the stages in developing an evidence file; and next steps to take after preparing the file.
The handbook grew out of a project linked to the Alberta government’s goal of increasing learners’ access to Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR), the recognition of the knowledge and skills an individual has acquired through non-formal and informal learning.
Authors: Keith Harford
Prince Edward Learning Centre in Picton, Ontario, has produced a new learning tool to help learners with their job search. The manual uses plain language and takes the learner through the job hunting process. There are many exercises throughout the book and they have been articulated to Recognition of Adult Learning Strategy (RALS). Topics covered in the manual include : Basic Workplace Skills, Speaking and Listening Carefully, Performing Basic Operations with Numbers, etc.
Series: Connecting to Workplaces
Authors: Karen Farrar
The Hunting/Fishing or Recreation Guide Demonstration - LBS Level 2/3 booklet gives learners and instructors information on a career as a hunting/fishing or recreation guide.
It includes essential core skills chart, role-play exercises and answer keys, demonstration scenario and other useful information.
This is one of ten booklets in a series entitled "Connecting to Workplaces". The other careers in the series include:
1- Security Officer LBS Levels 2/3
2- Pet Groomer LBS Levels 3/4
3- Taxi Driver Demonstration LBS Level 3
4- Laundromat Operator Demonstration LBS Level 4
5- Chambermaid/Housekeeping Cleaner Demonstration LBS Level 3
6- Florist Assistant Demonstration LBS Level 3
7- Cashier Demonstration LBS Level 3
8- Forestry Worker Demonstration LBS Level 3
9- Nanny/Caregiver Demonstration LBS Levels 2/3
Celebrating Our Voice
Authors: Workplace Education Manitoba (WEM)
This is the curriculum for the last in a series of four workshops on Essential Skills (ES) and Recognizing Prior Learning (RPL) for Aboriginal communities, developed through a program called Igniting the Power Within (ITPW).
Workshop participants learn about the hidden job market and the benefits of networking; tailoring an application to a specific job; preparing a portfolio for a job interview; and developing an ES profile specific to a job description.
The authors have included a detailed workshop agenda; tips for facilitators; a discussion of best practices; and sample forms and handouts.
Authors: Sir Sandford Fleming College
This learning activity provides instruction on how to use the World Wide Web and CD ROM to search for a job. It is part of a series developed to be used with Microsoft Office 97 software programs.
The authors of this document, a guide to seeking a job in a changing economy, begin by providing information on Essential Skills; defining skills; and explaining how skills can be transferred from one situation to another.
The heart of the document consists of eight profiles of jobseekers from a variety of backgrounds and perspectives. Two are Aboriginal persons; one is a woman returning to the workforce after 12 years as a stay-at-home mother; another is a newcomer to Canada. Other profiles feature people who are either under- or over-qualified for jobs; are dissatisfied with their current situations; or have been laid off from a long-time position.
Readers can think about the points raised in each profile, then continue on to a section of the document where they can write their own stories and work out their own plans for finding a job.
Authors: Diane McCargar
This lesson plan from CONNECT helps learners write and type a simple resume.