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Career Counselling

At St. Mary’s Academy, the Career Counselling program assists students in grades 9 to 12 to focus on the career planning process as a tool they can use both immediately and throughout their lives to create the life they want. At each grade, students will focus on different elements of that planning process. Students are encouraged to arrange a meeting with the Career Counsellor at any time to review their plans and ensure they are taking the required high school courses.


Career Information and Sessions for Individual Grade Levels

Grade 9

Grade 9 students are introduced to career development concepts which start with an online self-assessment tool that assists them with the process of self evaluation. Through class activities, students will begin to understand the connection between her skills, strengths, interests and future education and career choices. Students will also develop effective communications skills while presenting a preliminary career portfolio called the “Me Box”. One of the highlights for the grade 9 class is ‘Take Our Kids to Work Day’ which will be held this year on November 2, 2016.  This day enables the students to accompany a family member or close family friend to their work place and to experience that particular career for the day.


Grade 10

Grade 10 students continue to focus on career planning in their Career Development course and to build on skills they have acquired in the grade 9 course.  Students will compile a portfolio that will document evidence of their strengths and experiences. Their portfolio will include elements such as a cover letter, resume, letter of reference, and a transcript of marks.  Each student will present her portfolio as part of a job interview.

Students and parents are invited to attend:

-Scholarship Information Evening on Nov 29, 2016 starting at 7PM in Alumnae Hall.

-Post-Secondary Information Presentation on Feb 27, 2017 at SMA from 7:30-9pm. Representatives from the U of M, U of W and Red River will provide important information about high school admission requirements.

- Rotary Career Symposium on Mar 15, 2017. The grade 10 class will have the opportunity to attend the Rotary Career Symposium where they can acquire information and ask questions of professionals regarding numerous careers and fields of employment.

May 25, 2017 PSAT Registration deadline:

The PSAT is a standardized test administered by the College Board in the United States and St. Mary’s Academy has been granted the ability to offer this test to our students. The benefits of taking the PSAT is to get in some practice before a student writes the SAT in May/June of her Gr. 11 year or October/November of her Gr. 12 year as Universities in the USA require an assessment score as a integral part of their application process. Registration for the PSAT is done through the Career Office.


Grade 11

In grade 11, career counselling takes on more of a “one on one” approach where students are encouraged to take advantage of the many resources available in our Career Counselling Office, and to meet with the Career Counsellor to seek guidance on high school course selection and planning for post secondary education.

Students and parents are invited to attend:

-Information Evening at the University of Manitoba on Oct 25 (6:30-9:00p.m.) and at the University of Winnipeg on Nov 22nd   (6-9:00p.m.). 

-National Canadian University Fair which takes place at St. John’s Ravenscourt on Nov 4 from 6:30-9:00p.m. and on Nov 3rd at Balmoral Hall from 6:30-9:00p.m.

-Scholarship Information Evening on Nov 29 at 7PM in Alumnae Hall.

Feb 23, 2017, the grade 11 students will attend the day sessions at the University of Manitoba Open House and are invited to attend the evening session at the University of Winnipeg Open House on Feb 22, 2017 from 5:30-8p.m. These events provide a valuable opportunity for students to gather information on the various faculties and on the transition to university from high school. Students interested in the wide variety of programs offered at Red River College are invited to attend an Open House on Feb 21, 2017 from 5-8pm. Details about location and sessions are available on the respective post-secondary websites.  


Grade 12

As in grade 11, the grade 12 students are encouraged to make use of the university and career resources available to them and to meet with the Career Counsellor. Extensive information sharing about the admission process takes place with the grade 12 classes. For example, the University of Manitoba (Oct 20) and the University of Winnipeg (Nov 4) presentations take place at St. Mary’s Academy.

Students and parents are invited to attend:

-Information Evening at the University of Manitoba on Oct 25 (6:30-9:00p.m.) and at the University of Winnipeg on Nov 22 (6-9:00p.m.)

- National Canadian University Fair on November 2/3, 2016. The fair takes place on November 2 at St. John’s Ravenscourt from 6:30-9 p.m. and on November 3 at Balmoral Hall from 6:30-9 p.m.

-Scholarship Information Evening on Nov 29th at 7PM in Alumnae Hall.

Students will also receive regular updates on scholarships and post secondary information via our SMA Career Information website.



Please do not hesitate to contact Ms. Teresa Uruski, Career Counsellor, if you have any questions:   204-477-0244 Ext. 263 or by email: