Take Our Kids to Work Day – the Ultimate Career Field Trip

Fun at the dentist In a few short weeks on November 6, 2013, over 250,000 grade nine students across Canada will spend the day at work job shadowing a parent, relative, or volunteer host.  The signature program of The Learning PartnershipTake Our Kids to WorkDay – takes place annually on the first Wednesday of November.  It is arguably one of the most influential educational field trips in a student’s high school experience. Established 19 years ago in partnership with Scotiabank, it began as a one-day intro for students in the Greater Toronto Area to gain exposure to the workforce.  It has since evolved and grown into a national event involving participation from over 75,000 businesses and organizations.   This includes the introduction of Canada’s Outstanding Employer Awards, an initiative to recognize top employers engaged in the program.  To name a few, top marks were awarded last year to CBC, Deloitte, Maple Leaf Sports + Entertainment, Samsung and York Regional Police. With the date fast approaching, now is the time to plan, discuss and finalize arrangements. Benefits for Students to Participate:
  • Develop a better understanding and appreciation of the workplace
  • Link classroom and workplace experiences in a practical way
  • Begin discussions with parents and educators about their career options
  • Gain a better understanding of the importance of career choices
  • Understand the benefits of planning ahead and early career exploration
How Parents can get Involved:
  • Discuss with your child their interests to determine best placement for the day
  • Invite your daughter or son to spend the day with you, or recruit a relative or family friend
  • Speak with the school guidance counselor or co-operative education teacher and ask if they can assist in finding a suitable match for the day
  • Contact local businesses and ask if they are hosting students in an area your daughter or son may be interested in
  • Ensure you have reviewed the safety of the location prior to your child’s workplace visit
Although the official program takes place over one day the key is for students, parents and educators to use this as an opportunity to encourage ongoing dialogue about careers and the planning process.  This will ultimately help and direct students with course selection, co-operative education placements and post-secondary education planning. With less than one month to go, it is time to sign up!   Joanne - Professional Pic Joanne Sallay Joanne Sallay is a Director at Teachers on Call – a personalized home tutoring service with more than 25 years of experience.  Teachers on Call’s Ontario Certified Teachers specialize in providing one-on-one instruction in all subjects and grades including French Immersion tutoring.
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