Everyone always asks us, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” “What do you want to do?”
How do we respond when we don’t have the slightest idea?
There are so many job possibilities out there, so many amazing and unique jobs we have yet to encounter that most of us barely even know where to start, when thinking of a future employment possibility.
Where would we even begin to look?
Luckily for us, each year our school encourages its grade nine students, to participate in an event known as Take Our Kids to Work day.
On November 6 2013, over 250,000 Grade 9 students from all across Canada participated in the 19th annual Take Our Kids to Work program.
The students either shadowed their parents at their workplace or went to work with a friend’s parent.
This is a wonderful program, as it not only allows the students to further appreciate what their parents do, but also because it gives the students a chance to see and experience first-hand what a true workplace environment feels like.
We learned so many valuable things, such as the importance of choosing a job you love.
My fellow Grade 9 student Aaleigha went to her mom’s work at a pharmacy.
“I found out how detail-oriented you had to be for this job,” she told me. “Being a detailed- oriented person myself, I learned how big of a role that quality can play on your future job. When I was there I also had to sort a lot of inventory, which was really boring and I didn’t enjoy at all. This also allowed me to realize if this was my full-time job and I did it for my whole life, I would be miserable! I realized from this that, when choosing your job doing something that you love is extremely important.”
For me, I learned many new things not just about myself but also about how a workplace functions.
Before this day I had always just assumed that a company was a simple thing and that there were only select types of jobs existing within that company. But now, after Take Our Kids to Work day, I am able to see more than a 100 new jobs possibilities that I had absolutely no idea even existed before.
Something I noticed within the workplace environment was how interconnected everyone was and how evident teamwork was in everything they did. I had previously thought that when you were at work you would just mind your own business and simply go about your own thing. I now realize what big impact teamwork has on a company; in fact, it is arguably one of the biggest factors in a successful company.
Most importantly, Take Our Kids to Work day got us thinking, it got us thinking more and more about our future and perhaps what careers we may choose to pursue.
“I got to see my mom in her work environment doing what she loved best. I also got to experience what it felt like to take on her job for a day,” said Yana, another of my friends. “It was a real eye-opener and really got me thinking more and more about my future career possibilities.”
This day was truly a refreshing look at what our parents go through on a day-to-day basis in their workplace environments.
The experience itself has definitely opened my eyes to all the possible career choices around me and will truly benefit me when the time comes to make a decision upon my future career.
Grade 9 student
Ecole Secondaire R. A. MacMath Secondary School