In order to improve our services, grow the field of Career Development, and help kids succeed, Career Trek is actively involved in academic research.  Visit this page often to see the latest updates on Career Trek’s research focused activities.

New Research

Stay tuned for new research finding, as Career Trek is always trying to remain involved in academic research.

Research Findings

Creating Lifelong Career Development Model

A recent study from University of Manitoba and University of Winnipeg researchers found that compared to children who did not attend Career Trek programming:

  • Career Trek participants are more curious about things they learn in school.
  • Career Trek participants are more aware of their interests in school.
  • Career Trek participants feel they have more control over their activities and school related behaviours.
  • Career Trek participants feel that planning for the future is important.

The most important finding from the study is that students in Grades 5-6 show a greater capacity to engage in career exploration and knowledge of career interests, compared to older students.

Creating a Lifelong Career Development Model: Full Report












Kathryn Levine
Associate Professor
Faculty of Social Work, University of Manitoba

Dr. Dawn Sutherland
Associate Professor
Faculty of Education, University of Winnipeg.

Darrell Cole
Founder & CEO, Career Trek Inc.


Previous Research Findings

History Repeats Itself: Parental Involvement in Children’s Career Exploration

Kathryn A. Levine, University of Manitoba
Dawn Sutherland, University of Winnipeg

Parent involvement in children’s education remains one of the most significant predictors for children’s academic achievement. This finding generally holds across the range of social group categories including race, culture, class and family structure. However, relatively little research has been conducted on parental involvement in children’s career exploration, specifically, the relationship between parents’ own career exploration experiences and their approach to career education with their children. […continued]


Career Trek: Research on the Impact of a Manitoba Career Exploration Intervention

Dawn Sutherland, University of Winnipeg
Kathy Levine, University of Manitoba
Marilyn Carter, University of Manitoba
Darrell Cole, Career Trek Incorporated

This monograph documents the development of a research program the examines the impact of Career Trek, an extra-curricular career development program, on the academic motivation and self-efficacy of the students participating in it. The program incorporates knowledge of children’s risk and protective factors and encourages the development of self-efficacy. The first part of the monograph provides a description of the Career Trek program. The second part reports on the findings from four research studies conducted by the authors on the impact of the program. […continued]


Investigating the Impact of a Career Education Program on School Engagement

Dawn Sutherland, University of Winnipeg
Kathy Levine, University of Manitoba
Brian Barth, University of Manitoba

The Career Trek program is designed to instil some protective factors that develop positive self-esteem in participants and promote school engagement. In addition, the program tries to challenge the general motivational decline towards schooling in the middle years. The purpose of the current study is to examine the impact of participation in Career Trek on school motivation. Thirty-three Career Trek participants completed questionnaires related to academic motivation and self-esteem and responded to questions in an interview at the beginning and end of the Career Trek programming year. […continued]