Career Focus Gives High School Students a Career Advantage

OTTAWA, Dec. 9, 2013 /CNW/ - Choosing a career can be confusing and overwhelming. High school students now have a new online career tool to help them decide. Engineers Canada's Career Focus provides students with a predictor of success in an engineering profession.

"As baby boomers retire over the next 10 to 15 years, today's youth will become the strength of the engineering profession and the Canadian economy," said Engineers Canada Chief Executive Officer Kim Allen, FEC, P.Eng. "Post-secondary education is a major investment, financial and time, for both parents and students. This is an opportunity to invest in the right education and career choice by making sure the appropriate decisions are made early."

High school students who have taken the Career Focus assessment describe excellent results. Seventeen year old student Tyler was amazed to see how the questions he answered were able to provide such a true picture of himself.  "I learned important aspects relating to my qualities."

According to Statistics Canada, the average cost in 2013 of a single year's undergraduate engineering tuition was over $6,500. To ensure the decision of what to study in university is not taken lightly, Engineers Canada's Career Focus is powered by the Pathfinder Career System - an advanced tool that analyzes what students love to do and how they do it. It is the only tool designed from the outset to predict the likely fit between a student and a career in engineering.

Pathfinder Career System provides participants with a report that identifies strengths and areas for improvement to succeed in a career that fits their personality. It looks at 85 separate and distinct traits that shape a person. It is the only career tool that provides a single overall Predictor of Performance.

Career Focus is the flagship offering in a series of career oriented services to be developed by Engineers Canada, and can be found at

Engineers Canada is the national organization of the 12 associations that regulate the practice of engineering in Canada and license the country's more than 260,000 members of the engineering profession.

SOURCE: Engineers Canada

For further information:

William Meyer,Manager, Communications
613-232-2474, ext. 249


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