Student Success – Experience Ontario

Helping young people identify, explore and refine career goals
and make informed decisions about their future

Experience Ontario is a pilot program for a limited number of recent high school graduates who have an interest in attending postsecondary education or apprenticeship training, but are uncertain of their next steps. This is part of the Ontario government’s plan to support a highly skilled workforce.

The focus of the program is career and postsecondary education exploration.

Participants have access to a combination of short (1-3 day) career exploration opportunities, career coaching, and information about postsecondary education and apprenticeship training opportunities. This helps participants choose their postsecondary pathway (apprenticeship training, college or university) with confidence and meet labour market needs.

"I'm now learning about my passion and trade from some of the best."
– Participant, London

Experience Ontario has a number of components

Each participant:

  • has a personal career coach to help them develop an education and career plan based on their strengths and interests
  • participates in a regional one-day conference where they learn more about setting individual goals and career planning
  • participates in a short (1-3 days) career exploration opportunity (e.g. job shadowing, information interviews with employers)
  • participates in postsecondary education and career-focused workshops
  • explores opportunities at a nearby postsecondary education institution or training facility
  • has their application fee to an Ontario college or university, or their first year membership fees for apprenticeship training paid.

"I liked that after the conference my goals are more specific."
– Participant, Oshawa

Career Exploration Opportunities

Participants will take part in unpaid career exploration opportunities relevant to their area or sector of interest. They will benefit by identifying, exploring and refining career goals and making informed decisions about their career options and future.

Employers may provide mentorship, job shadowing, or information interview opportunities for participants.

Career coaches will facilitate workshops and work with participants to find short career exploration opportunities related to participant career interests. Career coach may also be able to help participants find paid employment (these jobs may or may not be related to participant career interests).

If you have any questions about Experience Ontario, contact: experienceontario@ontario.ca.