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What is the Canvas?

Testimonials

Why isn’t this mandatory?


“I wish that the Career Canvas would become a part of MB curriculum. The Canvas has helped me a lot in realizing what I offer to the world and my community."

Grade 12 Student

Career Design Canvas
2021-01-26T15:56:40+00:00

Grade 12 Student

“I wish that the Career Canvas would become a part of MB curriculum. The Canvas has helped me a lot in realizing what I offer to the world and my community."

New possibilities


“It just lit up a whole new path of possibilities for me."

Grade 11 Student

Career Design Canvas
2021-01-26T15:54:31+00:00

Grade 11 Student

“It just lit up a whole new path of possibilities for me."

Way back when counts


“The canvas confirmed that the things that I did as I grew up- Lego, working with items and changing them to make them work– was the path that I needed to follow."

Grade 11 Student

Career Design Canvas
2021-01-26T15:51:14+00:00

Grade 11 Student

“The canvas confirmed that the things that I did as I grew up- Lego, working with items and changing them to make them work– was the path that I needed to follow."

Future insights


“The Canvas gave me a lot of insight into who I am and the kind of future I want."

Grade 12 Student

Career Design Canvas
2021-01-26T15:53:33+00:00

Grade 12 Student

“The Canvas gave me a lot of insight into who I am and the kind of future I want."

Engaging a career path


“I think this Canvas has really helped me set my mind on a path that I really enjoy and want to pursue.”

Grade 12 Student

Career Design Canvas
2021-01-26T15:52:51+00:00

Grade 12 Student

“I think this Canvas has really helped me set my mind on a path that I really enjoy and want to pursue.”

Stepping out of my comfort zone


“The Canvas experience urged me to step outside my comfort zone and explore my potential."

Grade 12 Student

Career Design Canvas
2021-01-26T15:51:59+00:00

Grade 12 Student

“The Canvas experience urged me to step outside my comfort zone and explore my potential."

Thriving future


“It gave me a look at how my future could look and what I would thrive in the most.”

Grade 12 Student

Career Design Canvas
2021-02-04T16:02:01+00:00

Grade 12 Student

“It gave me a look at how my future could look and what I would thrive in the most.”

Deep Reflections


“It was an experience that made me think a lot more deeply about myself personally and what I could see myself doing further on in life. It was a great experience."

Grade 11 Student

Career Design Canvas
2021-01-26T15:54:02+00:00

Grade 11 Student

“It was an experience that made me think a lot more deeply about myself personally and what I could see myself doing further on in life. It was a great experience."

Solving problems


“The Career Canvas really helped me to think about the future and a problem I’m struggling with – I brainstormed and came up with ideas to solve that problem. That’s a huge step for my future.”

Grade 12 Student

Career Design Canvas
2021-01-26T15:58:39+00:00

Grade 12 Student

“The Career Canvas really helped me to think about the future and a problem I’m struggling with – I brainstormed and came up with ideas to solve that problem. That’s a huge step for my future.”

Making a plan


“I had my doubts about how it would work for me or if it would even do anything. but it sure did. The Canvas showed me what I need to do and the plan to do it.”

Grade 11 Student

Career Design Canvas
2021-01-26T15:57:30+00:00

Grade 11 Student

“I had my doubts about how it would work for me or if it would even do anything. but it sure did. The Canvas showed me what I need to do and the plan to do it.”

Finding a path


“Working through the Canvas prepared me to answer every adult's question, "what do you want to be when you grow up"

Grade 12 Student

Career Design Canvas
2021-01-26T15:47:00+00:00

Grade 12 Student

“Working through the Canvas prepared me to answer every adult's question, "what do you want to be when you grow up"

Love It


“Love it. Extremely useful!!!!”

Grade 12 Student

Career Design Canvas
2021-01-26T15:57:15+00:00

Grade 12 Student

Grade 12 Student

Reflecting on experiences


"The Lean Career Canvas was definitely an important piece for reflecting on my experiences throughout the school year and presenting them."

Grade 12 Student

Career Design Canvas
2021-01-26T15:47:50+00:00

Grade 12 Student

"The Lean Career Canvas was definitely an important piece for reflecting on my experiences throughout the school year and presenting them."

Fun to do


“I enjoyed creating my Career Canvas and I learnt a lot about myself.”

Grade 12 Student

Career Design Canvas
2021-01-26T15:55:20+00:00

Grade 12 Student

“I enjoyed creating my Career Canvas and I learnt a lot about myself.”

Thank You


“I just wanted to thank you again on how amazing this Canvas was!!!"

Grade 12 Student

Career Design Canvas
2021-01-26T15:58:15+00:00

Grade 12 Student

“I just wanted to thank you again on how amazing this Canvas was!!!"

Mentors spur conversations


“Talking with mentors about my career plans and relating them to my problem on the Canvas really sparked a good conversation about my career goals."

Grade 12 Student

Career Design Canvas
2021-01-26T15:48:27+00:00

Grade 12 Student

“Talking with mentors about my career plans and relating them to my problem on the Canvas really sparked a good conversation about my career goals."

Very helpful


“It was overall very helpful, and I think it should be mandatory for everyone in high school.”

Grade 12 Student

Career Design Canvas
2021-01-26T15:56:12+00:00

Grade 12 Student

“It was overall very helpful, and I think it should be mandatory for everyone in high school.”
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Career Design Canvas

The Canvas

The LEAN Career Design Canvas is a graphic organizer in which users collect the dots of their lives and connect the dots in a reflective process that supports their career and life aspirations. Learners engage in a design process: they identify a life or career problem to solve, complete a series of ‘who am I?’ creative exercises, reframe their original problem, and create a purposeful plan to address the problem. The Career Canvas is a unique space for students to express and reflect on their most important life experiences, values, and insights in a single big-picture framework, providing a foundation to make purposeful decisions and plans beyond high school.

 

Adventures in Careerland

This enlightening career development podcast features students and industry guests who share the decisions, challenges, and networks that impacted their education choices, employment paths, and career aspirations.

 

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Career Buzz

Career Buzz is a space to discuss career development topics – employability insights, labour market information (LMI), unique tools and strategies, relevant research – and to stimulate conversations about the importance of career development in schools.

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