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Business SHSM

Sector profile

The business sector is bursting with opportunities, from positions as accountants and clerks to administrators and retailers. Because of globalization and new technology, the business sector also offers opportunities to young entrepreneurs to aim at the international market. As long as there is commerce, qualified and knowledgeable workers in business will find prospects either in one of Canada’s prospering companies or as an entrepreneur in one of their own. The business sector offers opportunities in finance, retail, real estate, human resources or organizational, management and budget-related careers in the other sectors of our economy. 

Program requirements

In the Business major, students will take 9 credits in grade 11 and 12:

  • 4 Business major credits
  • 1 English credit (Grade 11 or 12)
  • 2 Math credits (Grade 11 and 12) (for workplace pathways, 2 English credits, and 1 math credit)
  • 2 co-operative education credits to gain workplace experience that helps you refine, extend and practice your business knowledge and skills

Additionally, students will have opportunities for

  • Experiential learning, career exploration and reach-ahead activities in business
  • Certifications and training programs, including:
    • 4 compulsory certifications: Standard First Aid, WHMIS (generic), CPR (Level C) with AED, Customer Service
    • 2 additional certifications and/or training courses as specified in the sector-specific guide
  • Developing essential skills and work habits required in business as detailed in the Ontario Skills Passport.

Future career paths

For business majors, possible career paths include:

  • Apprenticeship – parts technician, special events coordinator, entrepreneur
  • College – conference and event planner, legal secretary, entrepreneur
  • University – financial and investment analyst, web designer and developer, entrepreneur
  • Entry level workplace – accounting clerk, banking clerk, real estate agent, entrepreneur

Get more information

Call the guidance department at the following schools that offer the Business SHSM program:

  • Sacred Heart High School – 613-831-6643
  • St. Matthew High School – 613-837-3161

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