It’s been a very interesting couple of weeks. As I write this, I’m sitting in a café in Antigonish with my co-worker Rebecca Thomas. We’ve just finished up the Antigonish leg of the AARAO tour, and I still have the final leg (Tri-County area and South Shore) to look forward to next week.
A few weeks ago, when I was still home in Halifax, I had the pleasure of participating in the Halifax Regional School Board Career Fair. I was joined by my co-worker Mike Duggan, our resident robotics nerd:
Being at the fair was a great opportunity to check out some of the awesome programs that NSCC has to offer! We had tables showcasing our Music Arts, Deaf Studies, Interactive and Motion Graphics, and Culinary Arts programs – just to name a few. Students were able to engage in interactive activities like soldering, learning some basic sign language, and controlling an ROV (Remote Operated Vehicle) in water to get a taste of what some of our programs are like.
Now that I’ve done a few events like the Career Fair and am almost finished the AARAO Tour, I’ve gotten the chance to talk to a lot of prospective students across the province about their interests and different factors that have gotten them excited about programs to take after high school. If you or someone you know is excited about one day becoming a teacher, chef, carpenter, musician, or any other type of career path, remember that it’s important to RESEARCH that career path as much as possible.
The more you learn about a career path or program while you’re still in high school, the better chance you’ll have of applying and getting accepted into a program after high school that is the right fit for you. Think about what your interests, opportunities, and abilities are. Events like the Career Fair and AARAO Tour give you a chance to talk to people like me who can tell you about different programs and career pathways, but it’s also really important to find this stuff out for yourself! Do your homework to find things out – check online (this website may be helpful: http://careers.novascotia.ca/searchjobprofiles), ask people you know who have jobs you might be interested in, visit the workplace of a job you like if you get the chance. Anything you can do to get more first-hand information about different career pathways is valuable. The most important thing is figuring out what’s right for you, not anybody else.
See you all next time!