From Oakville Today

Event helps students choose careers

By Christina Jabbour
Student Oakville Trafalgar High School

On Wednesday February 25, Holy Trinity Secondary School hosted an event that allowed teens to learn more about what workplace and education opportunities await them.

Careers Unlimited was the result of a partnership between The Halton Industry Education Council partnered with the Halton Catholic and Halton District school boards, as well as Landscape Ontario. Over 100 exhibitors were present.

This event was organized by Michelle Murray, School to Career Coordinator for the Halton Industry Education Council, who revived a program which had been dormant since 2000. 'This event provides an opportunity for youth to ask questions, and see different pathways which they can take,' she said.

Visitors had the opportunity to visit eight different career sectors: career planning and pathways; automotive, construction, manufacturing and design; sports, travel and hospitality; health and medicine; business and finance; arts, culture and entertainment; law, government and social sciences; computer science and the environment; education and community services.

Over 50 student volunteers dedicated four to nine hours each to set up tables, decorate, accommodate the exhibitors, direct visitors, and generally ensure that the event ran smoothly. Students, and teacher volunteers came from six high schools in Halton, including: Oakville Trafalgar, Loyola, T.A. Blakelock, Lester B. Pearson, Notre Dame and Holy Trinity. In addition, there were a number of volunteers from the Halton Industry Education Council.

Pedro Sarabando, one of the student volunteers, thought the event 'was pretty cool' because he got to meet a lot of new people.

The public must have thought the event was pretty cool, too, because more than 800 people came out.

In today's rapidly changing job market teens are often bombarded with ideas and parental advice about what to do with their future. This event gave them the opportunity to access a diverse spectrum of information that could help them to make independent decisions about their career paths.

Careers Unlimited is planned to be an annual event. It can be seen as just one more way to help make the transition from school to work a smooth one.