ALIS May 17, 2011

May 17, 2011

New career resources for adults with low literacy


Three new Easy Reading resources help adults with low literacy find meaningful employment by learning about occupations and choosing an occupational goal.

Work and You Book 1: Make Some Job Choices and Work and You Book 2: Decide on a Job provide a simplified career planning process in two consecutive workbooks for adults at a Grade 2 to 3 reading level. An accompanying guide, Work and You Help for Career Advisors, gives career advisors and tutors tips on how to support clients using the workbooks.

The Work and You books are part of a series of Easy Reading products that also include 24 job profiles, a dictionary, an advisors guide for the job profiles and 3 newspaper-style publications on work-related topics.

To view, order or download these products (free in Alberta), visit


4 New Occupational Profiles
Learn about the work done by a Mechanical Engineering Technologist, Pharmacy Assistant, Pharmacy Technician and Sheriff. ...more

3 New Occupational Videos
New videos feature Broadcast Meteorologist, Social Worker and Veterinarian. ...more

6 New Tip Sheets
New ALIS tip sheets talk about finishing high school, handling challenges and using social media. ...more

Career planning goes interactive on CAREERinsite

CAREERinsite has just made planning your career a whole lot easier! Generate a list of occupational options based on your values, skills and interests, explore and compare your options and develop an action plan to move forward. All results are stored in a career plan that can be updated, printed or saved as a PDF at any time. And, if you’re a career counsellor or educator, on-site tips will help you use the site with clients and students. Best of all, you can do all of this when it suits your schedule.

An engaging and easy to use interface, coupled with quizzes and activities, make CAREERinsite an interactive experience. CAREERinsite features the four career planning steps shown below. You can start at any step and complete as many of the quizzes and activities as you want. If you’re not sure where you are in the career planning process, you can take the Where Do I Start quiz.

CAREERinsite includes four career planning steps:

  • Know Yourself – identify your values, interests, skills and occupational options
  • Explore Options – discover occupations through information, resources, networking, education, and volunteer and job opportunities
  • Get Ready – compare occupational options and what they require
  • Take Action – create a timeline

Registration is free and easy. Sign up, log in and get started!


Emerging occupational profiles featured on ALIS

An emerging occupation is a new occupation that may evolve from an existing occupation or emerge in response to consumer needs or technological advances.

Visit OCCinfo to learn about 10 emerging occupations in Alberta. Each occupational profile describes the occupation’s duties, working conditions, personal characteristics, educational requirements, employment and advancement opportunities, related school subjects, related fields of study, related occupations and more.

Get ALIS help, occupational and education videos anytime, anywhere

A new ALIS video player lets you browse, search for and watch over 260 help, occupational and education videos anytime, anywhere using your smartphone, iPhone/iPod or tablet. And, a new download and share option allows you to save videos and share them with your social network. Each video has links to related videos, tip sheets, publications and resources.

ALIS help videos
Check out these quick and easy help videos for a guided tour of key sections of ALIS. Topics include getting started with ALIS, career planning, education financing and planning, occupational information, work search, workplace resources and more.

Occupational videos
Each 5–7 minute video features interviews with real people in real work situations. You’ll get an overview of the occupation along with educational requirements, benefits and challenges.

Post-Secondary education and training videos
These videos featuring Alberta students will help you learn about different types of Alberta post-secondary schools, how students are connecting their interests with career and learning paths and how students with disabilities are transitioning from high school to post-secondary education and training.

To view or download videos, visit

Why Study Social Studies? NEW

What do a Radio Announcer, Library Technician and Social Anthropologist have in common? These occupations and more are included on a new poster, Why Study Social Studies?, part of a 5-poster series that makes the link between studying core high school courses and future career options.

Each colourful, 11-inch by 17-inch poster includes a list of occupations related to the subject and points to the ALIS website for more occupational information. Other posters in the series include

Why should you study Social Studies? So you can draw upon the world to shape your community. View or order the posters (free in Alberta) at

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