Information about job opportunities, estimated salaries and training paths for more than 300 occupations is now available to Nova Scotians at the Department of Education Career Options website. “We’re providing Nova Scotians with as much information as possible about opportunities in the province when they make career decisions,” said Education Minister Jamie Muir. “The Career Options website is a one-stop resource that will make employment research much easier for Nova Scotians of all ages.” The Department of Education recently upgraded the Career Options site (www.careeroptions.ednet.ns.ca) to include labour market outlooks for 313 occupations in Nova Scotia. Information includes job availability and projected growth, estimated potential earnings, necessary credentials, education and training paths, and contact information for employers and educational institutions. The site targets youths, adults and career coaches, a category that includes teachers, parents and guidance professionals. Visitors to the site can search by occupation category, specific job titles or by keyword. They can also take quizzes to explore their abilities, interests and work values, and can find links to career-related and job search websites. The Department of Education is promoting the website as a tool for the Grade 9 Health/Personal Development and Relationships course and the Grade 11 Career and Life Management course. “The Career Options website is a great tool for students, teachers and career coaches alike because it provides comprehensive, searchable information on career opportunities in the province,” said Rob Wolf, a Grade 11 teacher at St. Mary’s Academy in Sherbrooke. “Students are doing much of their research online, and this site presents a realistic view of what’s available in Nova Scotia.” “It’s good to be able to check out various professions and to seewhat the job situation is like here in Nova Scotia,” said Larissa Humphrey, a Grade 10 student at St. Mary’s Academy. “There are jobs on this site that I didn’t know much about, it was so easy to be able to read up on the education requirements and the possible salaries for the careers I’m interested in.” The new Career Options website is one of a series of career information tools the Department of Education will launch this year. The Nova Scotia Career Guide was distributed to Grade 9 students across the province in November 2005. This year, the department will also introduce a Career Guide for Adults, a booklet for schools that provides information on job-related websites, and a teacher’s resource for Career and Life Management.
By Paulo Whitaker | VITORIA, Brazil Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedBrazil police banned from striking by Supreme CourtApril 6, 2017In “Regional”Colombia landslides: Over 200 die in Putumayo floodsApril 1, 2017In “Regional”Brazilian military rule torturer Paulo Malhaes found deadApril 26, 2014In “Regional” Army soldiers patrol the streets of Vila Velha, Espirito Santo, Brazil February 9, 2017. REUTERS/Paulo Whitaker(Reuters) More than 100 people have been reported killed, with schools and businesses closed and public transportation at a standstill, as a six-day strike by police in the Brazilian state of Espirito Santo showed no signs of abating on Thursday.Chaos and anarchy spurred by the strike continued in the coastal state to the north of Rio de Janeiro, despite the deployment of 1,200 army soldiers and federal police and the promise that more help was on its way.Most of the violence was centered in the state capital Vitoria, a wealthy port city ringed by golden beaches, where mining and petroleum industries have a strong base.State officials said they needed hundreds more federal troops and members of an elite federal police force to help establish order and make up for the 1,800 state police who normally patrol Vitoria’s metropolitan area.The state government has not released an official number for killings since police went on strike on Saturday for better pay, but a spokeswoman for the union representing police told Reuters early on Thursday it had registered 101 homicides since Saturday.That would be more than six times the state’s average daily homicide rate compared to last year’s data.The Globo TV network, citing security officials, reported that 200 cars were stolen in Vitoria on a single day, when the state average is 20.The state’s retailers association said that businesses have lost 90 million reais ($28.87 million) since police walked out on the job.The strike has been assisted by family and friends of officers who have blocked access to barracks and police stations. It comes as Espirito Santo, like many states wracked by Brazil’s worst recession on record, struggles to ensure even basic health, education and security services.Representatives of the striking police, including some of the officers’ wives, met with state officials Wednesday night to demand that salaries be doubled for every category of officer. The union said they have not received a raise in four years.The base monthly pay for an officer is 2,643 reais ($847.96), according to Corporal Thiago Bicalho, a spokesman for striking police.“We are going to analyze the offer and see what we can do in reality to advance this situation,” said Julio Pompeu, director of the state’s human rights secretariat, who is helping the government negotiate with police.The two sides are scheduled to meet again later Thursday.($1 = 3.1171 reais)(Reporting by Paulo Whitaker and Brad Brooks; Editing by Daniel Flynn and Bernadette Baum)