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Parents & Students

How do I decide on a career?

For students (and guardians), starting the career discovery process can be incredibly daunting. 

Students often ask:

  • How do I find my passion?
  • How do I get experience and build my resume?
  • What do I do after high school? Should I go to college or university?

Build a Dream supports families by helping answer these common questions.

Parents as career advisors

In a 2019 survey, 100% of survey respondents indicated that their parents were their primary source for career planning guidance. However, parents might not have access to current information and opportunities.

Through resources like career discovery expos and a free #HerPower™ career guide, the organization helps students build confidence, and empowers families to discover infinite career possibilities with advice on how to lay the foundation for a sustainable (and financially rewarding) career.

Career Discovery Expos (#DreamBig)

Build a Dream has connected all of the career elements, creating a pipeline between students and employers.

We want students to #DreamBig so our popular career discovery expos feature professional women discussing their career journeys in exciting careers like skilled trades, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics), emergency response, entrepreneurship, and leadership. Education partners break down the options for experiential learning in high school and post-secondary programs, and employers offer insight on what they look for in future hires.

These events are engaging, interactive, and packed with resources to set young women up for success in the workforce. 

Ask your school to book a career discovery expo or look for one near you.

“I got to listen to what a typical day was like for professionals and imagine myself doing similar jobs.”
“I feel so inspired…I have so many more options than I thought I did.”
“I didn’t know how to explain ‘next steps’. Now I know.”

Build a Dream Career Discovery Expo Attendees

#HerPower Career Discovery Guide

The career journey can be a winding path filled with discovery and endless questions. Build a Dream’s free guide offers tips for sparking career interest, step-by-step guidelines, career advice from female Dream Makers, useful resources to plan for the future, and answers to common questions asked by thousands of young women at previous events.

The guide is a useful tool for families to facilitate conversations around career aspirations, skills, interests, and setting goals, and it’s FREE!

#HerPower Tools Program

In partnership with Milwaukee Tool, this program encourages young women to pursue a skilled trades path. Individuals who have registered for a trades program can apply for the chance to win one of 100 tool bags filled with job essentials (a $150 value!) and gain access to a network of support.

#HerPower Skills

Sponsored by: Milwaukee Tool

Are you a young woman in grades 9-12? Spend 8 weeks in this introductory program that connects you with basic skills and hand tools while meeting women who work in skilled trades.

  • Build a project from start to finish
  • Work on budgeting & financial literacy
  • Learn about different tools and their uses
  • Create a network of support

This program is currently only available in Windsor, Ontario. Contact us to be considered for the January 2022 intake.

‘Perfectly Unfiltered’ Podcast

Build a Dream’s podcast, Perfectly Unfiltered, highlights education and career opportunities, spotlights the work being done to create workforce equity and features women working in a variety of under-represented careers.

Video Library

Hear from entrepreneurs, industry leaders, and women in different professions talk about careers and opportunities in skilled trades, science, technology, engineering, math, emergency response, and entrepreneurship.

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