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Experience Ontario

Youth Standing In Arrows

Experience Ontario provides a combination of work experiences, career coaching and supports to recent high school graduates to assist them with planning and applying for postsecondary education (PSE) or apprenticeship training.


Did you graduate this past June (2017) or are you graduating by June 2018 and interested in attending postsecondary education or apprenticeship training, but…

You are not sure what you want to do after high school? You applied and were accepted to university, college, or apprenticeship training programs but aren’t sure if you’re ready? You applied to college or university and weren’t accepted?

Experience Ontario may be for you!

Experience Ontario provides a combination of career exploration experiences, career coaching and supports to explore postsecondary education and apprenticeship training (PSE) opportunities. As a result of this program, you will develop a postsecondary and career plan to support your next steps

Program components include:

Career Coach

Each participant will work one-on-one with a career coach to continue exploring your PSE and career goals and expand on your Individual Pathways Plan. Your coach will help you to identify possible areas of interest and then work with you to find career exploration opportunities. He or she will support you through the entire program.

Experience Ontario Conference

At the start of the program, you will attend a one day regional conference (all expenses paid) on Thursday October 5th, 2017 to kick-off the program. At this conference and workshops throughout the program, you will participate in a variety of activities including: personal growth and development, career and PSE exploration, financial planning for PSE and goal setting.

Career Exploration

Your career coach will work with you to find short, unpaid career exploration opportunities (e.g., job shadowing, information interviews with employers) related to your career interests. Your career coach may also be able to help you find paid employment (these jobs may or may not be related to your career interest).

Postsecondary Exploration

Your career coach will coordinate postsecondary exploration opportunities (e.g., arrange a visit to a nearby PSE campus or training facility) so you can explore further options at a career centre or program area. You will receive support determining your PSE pathway, including having application fees to an Ontario college or university and first year membership fees for apprenticeship training paid for through Experience Ontario.

The Experience Ontario program is designed to help recent high school graduates (graduating June 2018) who are interested in Post-Secondary Education or apprenticeship training. Participants must be available to fully participate in the program, including in work placements.

Experience Ontario may not be right for you if:

  • you are interested in entering the workforce right after graduating
  • you are enrolling in high school during the day in the fall

How Do I Get Started?

This program is funded by the Ontario Ministry of Education.