Aspirations alone are not enough and the road to university and career readiness is more about meeting the Arcadia students’ academic and career aspirations with REAL preparation. Students have varying career guidance needs at different stages and we must address individual needs even as students transition from pre-kindergarten to primary, to the middle, and high school years. For example, our advisors may focus on educating students about the relationship between learning and work in the middle school while the guidance counsellor’s primary focus for the high school student would be on best-fit university options and career readiness. While multiple elements impact a learner’s ability to succeed in university and their careers, a starting point will be to work in tandem with subject teachers to assess students’ abilities and aptitudes for specific subjects and the careers that flow from it.
As student advocates, the fundamental consideration that will drive our university-and-career readiness approach, is to understand what our students should know and be able to do, to help them develop appropriate academic and career goals.