Recently I came across an idea of creating a Career board that showcases staff members and what type of employment they had during their high school years. What I found fascinating is that the trends of job employment of yesteryear are very similar to the job employment of our young people today..
Usually when you post a bulletin board in a school environment you are displaying the hard work of young and talented students as they progress through the grades. So in a school that starts in Kindergarten to Grade 12 there is lots of diversity in learning. I have actually never seen a bulletin board where students and staff are asked to interact with what is being displayed. But I decided to do something different.
Each silhouette has a job description and students and staff get the opportunity to guess who did what back in the day when our staff were in high school. This particular group being displayed are people within administration, IT. Library and Finance. Over the next few months I will be featuring different divisions within our school community. These staff members worked in grocery stores, babysat, worked for Mom and Dad, cut grass, had a paper route, worked as a waitress, farm hands, gas jockeys, bible camp counselors. So many of the jobs they had back in the day are so relevant today.
Are you a Canadian High School Career Counsellor and would like to be a part of a Facebook group where you can share resources, ask questions and have some great discussions on how to help our young people make great decisions for their future.
Recently I had joined a number of US Career Counsellor groups on Facebook but the needs of students in the US are very different from the needs of our Canadian students. Yes there are similarities in some of the issues relevant to young people and there have been some great discussions but I think as Canadian Career Counsellors there is a lot we can offer one another as we invest in the lives of young people.
So if you are on Facebook, you provide Career Counselling and other high school related guidance than come join Canadian High School Career Counsellors.
Where do young people gain life skills: at home, university, or at a summer job? Besides the skills listed below are there other pertinent skills young people acquire by either working a summer job, volunteering or be involved in community service.
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I love working at a Kindergarten - Grade 12 school. I have the opportunity to watch students begin their educational journey and then be a part of the graduation exercises when they embark on a new and exciting journey. A journey into the big unknown in which some will know exactly what to do and some will need a little bit of time. I was walking down the hall the other day and had to stop and take this picture. This is what graduation is all about, dreaming big and having the confidence to be able to take that next step, whether it be post-secondary education, working, travelling, or taking a gap year until you can figure it out. As I have mentioned before, all of these options are OK.
Recently I came across a very well known children's book, written by Dr. Seuss called, "Oh, the Places You'll Go!" Some parents buy this book for their graduating children to remind them it is all about choices, some will be good and some will be not so good. Choices may take you down a very successful path or down paths that may be confusing, difficult, and unsuccessful. You need to remember that life if going to be filled with excitement and disappointments. It is how you handle these situations, good or bad, unpleasant or exhilarating, that will teach you the life long lessons that will you will be facing. And remember, you will succeed. Why? Because you just completed 12 years of getting ready for the next journey that you are about to embark on. So seize the moment and don't look back!