Canada Career Week

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Schools in Charlotte County will be participating in various co-curricular activities surrounding Canada Career Week.  Starting October 31st to November 4th, educators in the St. Stephen Education Centre will be exposing our students to the world of possibilities that await them upon graduation.

This year, Atlantic Canada’s Career Week will meet several goals outlined in the Council of Atlantic Ministers’ of Education and Training (CAMET) plan: Future in Focus.  Their main objective is to support career development, implement age-appropriate career development programs and services and promote career development as an integral part of student learning.  Teachers around the St. Stephen Education Centre will be hosting guest speakers, will participate in presentations and will gear their classroom conversations around the world of work.

One of the main events in Charlotte County is our annual Post-Secondary Expo, on Tues. Nov. 1, 2016.  Hosted by the St. Stephen High School, all grade 11 and 12 students from the five high schools in Charlotte County, have the opportunity to engage with over 50 post-secondary institutions.  They are able to ask questions about programs, tuition and attend divided sessions to learn more about different schools that peak their interest.  It is a great chance to have so many institutions in one place so students can either begin planning or solidify their choices for post-secondary education.

We are pleased that again this year, along with the help from The Work Room, to offer an evening session for families of all students from grade 9-12.  The evening session will begin at 5:30pm in the SSHS library, where representatives from university and college will be on hand to explain in more detail to families about these avenues of education.  Following their presentation, representatives from The Work Room will have a chance to explain to families in more details about how to finance a post-secondary education.  They will be discussing everything from scholarships, student loans, grants and the new Tuition Access Bursary brought forward by the provincial government last spring.  Families will then be invited to attend a walk-about session in the school gym where they will have an opportunity to meet with specific post-secondary institutions based on their child’s interest.  We hope that if you have a student in your life who is at the point where the conversation of post-secondary education needs to begin, the St. Stephen High School Post-Secondary Expo is a great way to open up those discussions at home and to have your son or daughter begin thinking about life after high school.

Wed. Nov. 2, 2016 is annual Take Our Kids To Work Day, where all grade 9 students in Charlotte County will be going out to work with either a family member or friend.  This provides the students with a chance to “test drive” fields of interest, and explore the careers they might pursue.  A national initiative by “The Learning Partnership”, Take Our Kids to Work is a national event that began in 1994, and every year and we greatly thank the local businesses of Charlotte County who welcome students to their work place.
As much as teachers coach and influence a student’s decision about what to career to choose or school to attend, research shows that students look to their parents and guardians for the final approval with their decision about their post-secondary education.

This is why parents and guardians must begin the conversations early with their kids about all the various avenues post-secondary education offers.  Whether it is small conversations with your elementary students about the variety of jobs available or the more serious discussions around choice of schools, each conversation is meaningful and important to your child’s career development.  It is important to keep the future in focus and help our kids make the best decisions for them – to follow their passions and do what they love.