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Quick Guide


Career Opportunities

Pathways to SHSM

Required Components for SHSM

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Business SHSM

This cutting-edge program gives students a glimpse into the realm of business and the range of potential career opportunities awaiting them. Students will engage with entrepreneurs and business professionals while visiting established companies like Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment and participating in business contests like DECA and the Stock Market Competition. By taking part in real-world business simulations and even earning their own relevant certifications, students will be well-prepared to enter the workforce in the field of business.


What Students can Expect:

  • Hands-On Learning

  • Industry-Relevant Certifications and Expert Connections

  • Clear Pathways to Your Dream Career

Benefits for Career Advancement:

  • Acquiring Specialized Expertise

  • Enhanced Employability

  • Foundation for Further Education and Entrepreneurship

Set Yourself Apart

With an SHSM under your belt, you're not just another student - you're a specialist. Employers are on the lookout for the skills and knowledge you'll possess, making you a standout candidate in a competitive job market.

Careers Opportunities


Apprenticeship Training

  • Conference and event planners
  • Retail salespersons
  • Storekeepers and partspersons


  • Accounting and related clerks 
  • Accounting technicians and bookkeepers 
  • Administrative assistants 
  • Administrative officers 
  • Assessors, valuators, and appraisers 
  • Banking, insurance, and other financial clerks 
  • Conference and event planners 
  • Court officers and justices of the peace 
  • Desktop publishing operators and related occupations 
  • Human resources and recruitment officers 
  • Human resources professionals 
  • Insurance adjusters and claims examiners 
  • Legal administrative assistants 
  • Personnel clerk 
  • Professional occupations in business management consulting 
  • Purchasing agents and officers 
  • Retail and wholesale buyers 
  • Social policy researchers, consultants, and program officers 
  • Supervisors, finance, and insurance office workers 
  • Supervisors, supply chain, tracking, and scheduling co-ordination occupations 


  • Business development officers and marketing researchers and consultants 
  • Economists and economic policy researchers and analysts 
  • Executive assistants 
  • Financial and investment analysts 
  • Financial auditors and accountants 
  • Human resources professionals 
  • Mathematicians, statisticians, and actuaries 
  • Professional occupations in business management consulting 
  • Securities agents, investment dealers, and brokers 
  • Social policy researchers, consultants, and program officers 

Work Experience

  • Accounting and related clerks 
  • Administrative assistants 
  • Banking, insurance, and other financial clerks 
  • Customer service representatives – financial services 
  • Customs, ship, and other brokers 
  • General office support workers 
  • Mail, postal, and related workers 
  • Other customer and information services representatives 
  • Payroll administrators 
  • Personnel clerks 
  • Purchasing and inventory control workers 
  • Real estate agents and salespersons 
  • Receptionists 
  • Records management technicians 
  • Retail and wholesale buyers 
  • Retail salespersons 
  • Shippers and receivers 
  • Storekeepers and partspersons 

Pathways for the SHSM


Exploration (Grade 9 and 10)

The following courses are recommended if you are considering enrolling in SHSM - Business:


  • Introduction to Business: This Grade 9 course is recommended for all students following SHSMpathways that have a business focus. The course provides students with opportunities to explore a variety of business topics by engaging in activities related to them.
  • Career Studies (GLC 2O) and Discovering the Workplace (GLD 2O): Some of the expectations in these Grade 10 courses provide opportunities for students to explore occupations and other postsecondary options in the sector and to participate in experiential learning activities.
  • Information and Communication Technology in Business: This course is recommended for any Grade 10 student who is considering enrolling in an SHSM – Business program.

Specialization (Grade 11 and 12)

To earn an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) with an SHSM, students must complete the five required components.

First steps: Students and their parents/guardians are encouraged to consult with guidance counsellors and teachers to select the courses that will enable students to pursue their goals.

Helpful tips: 

  • Pursuing an apprenticeship? The Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP) allows them to kickstart their journey while working towards their OSSD. 
  • Attending University? Students on the university pathway advised to complete the required cooperative education credits in Grade 11, ensuring flexibility in their Grade 12 schedules. 
  • Technological education courses may be available as single-credit or multiple-credit options. Speak to your guidance counsellor or teacher for more information.

Required Components for SHSM 


1.     A bundle of nine Grade 11 and Grade 12 credits

  • Four major credits
  • Three other required credits from the Ontario curriculum. The three credits include:
  • one in English
  • two in Mathematics
  • Two sector specific cooperative education credits

2.     Certifications and training experiences

Three (3) compulsory:

  • CPR Level C – includes automated external defibrillation (AED)
  • Standard First Aid
  • Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) 

Three (3) electives

For a full list of electives available at your school, please speak with a guidance counsellor or technological teacher. 


3.     Experiential Learning and Career Exploration Activities

Experiential learning and career exploration activities give students opportunities to explore, observe, participate in, and reflect on a variety of sector-specific experiences and careers. These activities also enable students enrolled in the SHSM to find out about the opportunities available in careers that interest them. These opportunities might include:

  • a day-long observation of a skilled tradesperson in the agriculture sector (job shadowing)
  • a one- or two-week work experience with a member of an industry association or a professional in the sector (work experience)
  • attendance at a trade show, job fair, conference or another unique experience

4.     Reach Ahead Experiences

Reach Ahead experiences are learning experiences connected with the student’s postsecondary pathway in their selected sector. Students are provided one or more reach ahead experiences – opportunities to take the next steps along their chosen pathway. Some examples can include:

  • visiting a conference or relevant workshop
  • completing a dual credit course
  • interviewing a post-secondary student enrolled in a sector-specific program
  • observing a university or college class in a sector-related program
  • interviewing an employee in the sector
  • visiting an job site in the sector

5.     Sector-Partnered Experiences (SPEs)

Students engage with a sector partner and apply skills to gain insight into the relationship between this sector and ICE (innovation, creativity, and entrepreneurship), coding, and/or mathematical literacy.

Interested in becoming an SHSM student?

Talk to your teacher or guidance department today!