Business and Applied Business

This Focus Area provides the opportunity to explore careers in areas such as marketing, finance, human resources, accounting or computer use in a business or office setting. Students with an interest in this Focus Area may have strong investigative, social and organizational skills. Career options will generally involve the organization of people, money and other assets.

Sample interests, skills and competencies related to this focus area

  • Interest in working with numbers
  • Interest in planning or conducting meetings
  • Interest in interacting with people
  • An understanding of business principles and organization
  • Ability to effectively use office technology as needed to communicate, organize and plan business activities
  • Organizational, interpersonal and leadership skills
  • Entrepreneurial skills
  • Information management skills
  • Presentation skills

Sample options after Grade 12 graduation

  • Employment: Office Assistant
  • Employment: Sales Assistant
  • Employment: Clerk
  • Certificate program: Office Administration
  • Certificate program: Real Estate Sales
  • Certificate program: Payroll Accountant
  • Diploma program: Business Administration
  • Diploma program: Accounting
  • Degree program: Commerce
  • Degree program: Human Resource Management
  • Degree program: Business Administration

Sample occupations

  • Office Assistant
  • Business Office Manager
  • Payroll Clerk
  • Banker
  • Accountant
  • Financial Planner
  • Entrepreneur
  • Salesperson
  • Realtor
  • Marketing Executive
  • Insurance Agent
  • Business Owner
  • Human Resources Manager
  • Stockbroker
  • Economist

Elective courses that best fit this Focus Area

Ministry Authorized Courses

  • Marketing 11 and 12
  • Business Information Management 12
  • Entrepreneurship 12
  • Business Computer Applications 11
  • Data Management12
  • Economics 12
  • Management Innovation 12
  • Accounting 11 and 12
  • Financial Accounting 12
  • Applications of Math 11 and 12
  • Work Experience 12

Board/Authority Authorized Courses

  • Desktop Publishing
  • Business Leadership
  • Business Management
  • Consumer Education
  • Keyboarding
  • Office Skills

Community Learning

  • Youth Leadership courses
  • Junior Achievement program
  • Student Ventures program

Sample course packages for Business and Applied Business Focus Area

Student #1

Matthew has experience in his father's small business and wants to pursue this interest further. After Grade 12, he thinks he will probably take some part-time post-secondary courses while working full time in the family business. His Focus Area courses include: Marketing 11 and 12, Accounting 11 and 12, and Business Information Management 12.

Student #2

Tom is interested in metal work and welding, but he is also interested in working for himself and some day owning his own business. His courses support these two Focus Areas. They include Accounting 11, Marketing 11, Business Information Management 12, Welding 11, and Metal Fabrication and Machining 11 and 12.

Student #3

Amanda likes working with numbers and is interested in possibly becoming a Chartered Accountant. She enrols in her school's Accounting Career Preparation program to see if this is really something she wants to pursue. Her Focus Area courses include Accounting 11 and 12, Applications of Math 12 and a Work Experience course where she gets the chance to do some entry level accounting work.

Student #4

Katy is a very high performing student and is interested in working in a business environment. She plans to attend university directly after Grade 12 and obtain a Bachelor of Commerce degree. Her Focus Area courses include Management Innovation 12, Economics 12, Entrepreneurship 12 and Principles of Math 12.