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Grades 7-12

The OurSCHOOL Career Pathways Survey helps you measure and understand student career aspirations and career preparation. By finding out if students are ready for life after graduation, the survey helps you make informed decisions about the support and instruction that students need to explore careers and gain the vocational experience they need to succeed. Our anonymous survey provides individual schools with a roadmap to preparing students for life after graduation by providing insightful data for resource allocation and school improvement planning efforts.

Each license allows you to survey up to two times during the 2019-20 school year with up to 2,500 participants per survey.

Designed to help school leaders and educators better understand and support students' transition into post-secondary education and the workforce.

Designed to be delivered online to students in grades 7-12, it provides easy-to-interpret data so that you can set benchmarks, measure impact, and make change. This means you get the best possible information about where to go next in both the teaching process and in school improvement planning. The survey covers topics including student aspirations after graduation; their level of commitment to a particular job; the extent of students' exploration into career options; and the perceived importance of specific skills.

See the future today

  • Address and anticipate current and future needs
  • Immediately identify gaps and hidden trends
  • Make informed decisions and develop targeted interventions

Insight into your students' career plans

Our reports provide deep insight into your students' career plans. With the largest normed student perception datasets in the world, educators can use national norms as benchmarks for growth. The Career Pathways Survey is completely anonymous, protecting student privacy and ensuring that you have the most accurate and authentic survey responses.

More than just an online survey

The OurSCHOOL Survey is a powerful evaluation tool that provides a total solution for measuring, assessing, and reporting insights on your school both during the year as well as year-over-year. It allows you to set quantifiable targets, track progress, and share your success with your school community.

Make informed decisions about the support and instruction your students need to explore careers, guide them to relevant programs, and help them overcome the obstacles that may keep them from reaching their career goals.

The majority of students can complete this survey in 20 - 25 minutes.

Each Survey License comes with the support of our newly formed Engagement Team, which combines extensive classroom teaching and school leadership experience with deep knowledge of the research and analysis underpinning OurSCHOOL. With their combined knowledge and experience they can support schools to use perception data as evidence to impact school growth. The Engagement Team can help you prepare for the survey as well as debrief and analyze your survey results.

Before the survey

  • Help to determine how OurSCHOOL survey measures support specific school and division goals, allowing you to set baselines and targets while monitoring your impact on student outcomes,

  • Assist you in selecting measures to gather the most meaningful evidence to target interventions and focus your resources and efforts,

  • Create new custom questions that are actionable and capture evidence unique to your school community, and

  • Offer suggestions on existing custom questions to demonstrate how drill-downs can capture the best possible data.

After the survey

  • A one-on-one phone call or screen share to review your results and interpret what they mean, or

  • NEW! A Data Deep Dive interactive session, a workshop designed to help your school coordinators and teams:

    • understand and interpret data and reports,

    • illuminate areas to celebrate and investigate further, and

    • learn ways to share results with your school community.

Support can be as simple as a phone call or as in-depth as an interactive workshop. We are always available to help make sense of it all. Reach us by email at asking for the OurSCHOOL team.

  • Privacy: OurSCHOOL Career Pathways Survey is 100% anonymous in order to protect student privacy and ensure the most accurate and authentic survey responses.

  • Customize: Ability to add multiple choice and open-ended questions allows you to customize the survey in order to meet the unique needs of your school.

  • Interactive Charts: Our dynamic charts allow you to segment data by sub-populations like grade, gender, language spoken at home, or your own criteria.

  • One-Click Report: Our easy one-click report gives an overview of each measure in a single report. This dynamically generated PDF report ensures that you are only ever ‘one click away’ from up-to-date and accurate information on what’s going on in your school. A quick glance at this report makes it easy to spot patterns or anomalies.

  • Thematic Report: Our thematic report has been designed with sharing in mind. You can easily share your results with stakeholders in your school community. These reports highlight the unique story your data is telling in an easy to read, accessible package.

The critical process of career planning starts in early childhood and intensifies as students enter secondary school. During this time students need opportunities and resources to explore career options and develop the necessary skills to serve them in education and the workplace. This survey provides insight into your students' aspirations and career knowledge and shows what factors they consider obstacles to employment.

OurSCHOOL surveys measure the factors that are proven to have a direct and profound impact on student learning and well-being. All measures are grounded in leading-edge research and are rigorously tested to ensure statistical reliability and validity.

The Career Pathways survey gathers data on:

Career Pathways A
  • Aspirations after graduation
  • Commitment to a particular career
  • Career exploration
  • Career knowledge
  • Perceived obstacles to career goals
  • Current use of career planning resources and opportunities
  • Perceived importance of specific skills


  • Grade
  • Sex
  • Socio-economic Status
  • Aboriginal Status
  • Immigrant Status
  • Home Language
  • Disability

A = The career pathways survey is only available for use with students in grades 7 – 12.

  1. What do you plan to do after you graduate from high school? Please select one option.

    1. I plan to pursue a trade or apprenticeship program (e.g., carpentry, plumbing, chef, administrative assistant).

    2. I plan to go to college.

    3. I plan to go to university.

    4. I plan to enter the workforce.

    5. I do not know.

  2. Do you know what job or career you want to pursue after you graduate from high school? Please select one option.

    1. Yes, I know what job or career I want to pursue.

    2. I am considering a small number of specific jobs or careers.

    3. I have a general direction, but it could change.

    4. No, I have not yet decided what job or career I want to pursue.

  3. In the past three months, how often have you participated in each of the following activities?

    1. Talked with my family about jobs or careers that might fit within my interests and values.

    2. Talked with my family about the merits of specific jobs or careers, such as their pay and working conditions.

    3. Talked with my friends about jobs or careers that might fit with my interests and values.

    4. Talked with a teacher about jobs or careers that might fit with my interests and values.

    5. Talked with a teacher or guidance counsellor about the academic requirements for specific jobs or careers.

  4. Do you think any of the following factors may prevent you from reaching your job or career goals?

    1. Lack of motivation for further studies.

    2. Poor grades.

    3. Not having enough money.

    4. Not knowing what I really want to do.

    5. Not knowing what jobs or careers are available.

    6. Not wanting to leave home.

    7. Family obligations.

    8. Wanting to start earning money in a full-time job.

    9. Lack of encouragement from my family.

    10. Health problems.

    11. Being discriminated against.

  5. How important are each of the following skills for your future job or career plans?

    1. Writing.

    2. Reading.

    3. Mathematics.

    4. Science.

    5. Communicating with others.

    6. Working as a part of a team.

    7. Thinking critically (analyzing and evaluating information and ideas).

    8. Thinking creatively (developing new ideas and expressing yourself in different ways).

    9. Technology skills.

    10. Problem-solving.

    11. Managing finances.