Grade nine students across Nova Scotia now have a new resource to help them plan their future careers. The Nova Scotia Career Guide contains career tips, course planning guidelines and information about job trends, Nova Scotia employers and more. The Department of Education mailed 14,000 copies of the career guide to school boards and school principals on Oct. 31 for distribution to Grade 9 students as part of the Personal Development and Relationships course. “We are working to help young Nova Scotians prepare for a job market full of opportunities and choices,” said Education Minister Jamie Muir. “The career guide gives students and their parents an overview of jobs in Nova Scotia, where opportunities are available and what skills are required to get a good job. It’s a valuable resource for any student who’s wondering what they might do when they graduate.” The career guide includes tips for planning high school courses, suggestions for making the transition from school to work, ideas to build practical skills while still in high school, statistics on job openings in Nova Scotia, employment trends and hot jobs. “This kind of book is great because it gives me ideas and tips on what kinds of jobs to consider based on my interests,” said Hilary Blackler, a student at Gorsebrook Junior High School in Halifax. “There is also a lot of information about choosing high school courses that will help me get ready for job possibilities later on. I never thought I could start planning my career as early as Grade 9.” The career guide is one of a series of career options tools the Department of Education will launch this year. In 2006, the department will introduce a new career options website, a Career Guide for Adults, a booklet for schools that provides information on job-related websites, and a teacher’s resource for Career and Life Management. “In the Personal Development and Relationship course, we try to provide students with a sense of the career options available and the pathways they could take to get there,” said Wendy King, guidance counsellor at Breton Education Centre in New Waterford. “The career guide is a useful resource for students as it provides tips and tools for success, as well as information on employment opportunities and prevalent occupations.” For more information, or to obtain a copy of the career guide, please call 902-424-5380.