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Guidance Corner with Mrs. McAllister – Nov. 2011

November 1, 2011

National “Take Our Kids to Work Day” for Grade 9 students – November 2, 2011
Students in Grade 9 will find a work placement for the day rather than attend class. More details and permission forms were sent home on Monday, October 17. Here is some basic information about the program:

What will students get out of the program?

  • Develop an appreciation for the importance of staying in school, getting a high school diploma, and pursuing post-secondary studies.
  • Gain exposure to the skills required in today’s workplaces.
  • Develop an appreciation for their parents’ roles in making a living and supporting their families.
  • Begin career discussions with adults about the work they do.
  • Gain a better understanding of the complexity of career choices and the benefits of early exploration.
  • Explore career options in practical ways.

What will parents get out of the program?

  • Participate in a shared experience with your child.
  • Begin career discussions and dialogue based on actual experiences.
  • Enrich the experience for your child by providing opportunities to talk before, during, and after the visit.

Where can students go for the day?
Where possible, parents invite their own child to spend a day on the job. If you are unable to host your own child, there are still ways for your child to participate. Here are some suggestions:

  • Ask a relative, neighbour or family friend to host your child at his/her workplace.
  • Contact the school, speak with the principal, career studies or co-op teacher and ask if they can assist you with finding a suitable placement.
  • Ask the parent of another grade nine student who is participating if your child could join him/her for the day.
  • Contact local businesses. Ask if they are hosting students for Take Our Kids to Work. Inquire if someone within their organization would be willing to host your child providing you make the necessary transportation arrangements.

Career Seminar with Dr. Chris Reid – November 8, 2011, 7:00-8:30pm:
Educated at the University of Oxford, La Salle, and Washington University, Dr. Reid has taught university, high school, and junior high. He has also had many successful years in business. Although he resides in Calgary, he has practices in Calgary, Victoria, and Vancouver.

The purpose of the seminar is to help high school students and parents find their way through the complex maze of career information.

The aims of the seminar are:

  • To help students discover their abilities, aptitude, and motivation
  • To provide up-to-date information about career patterns in the global economy
  • To help parents take an active role in career planning for their son/daughter
  • To stress to students the vital importance of education

Expect the seminar to be fast-paced, interactive, informative, and to cover such areas as:

  • What’s hot and what’s not in careers
  • Finding the path of success
  • Importance of transferable skills
  • Exploring career opportunities
  • Identifying potential career opportunities

There is no charge to attend this seminar, but please RSVP to Rachel Primeau at by November 4, 2011 at noon.

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