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Careers Unlimited helps students plan their future

by Ainsley Macintyre, Gr. 10, Holy Trinity

Kids Speak Out, School News, Feb 13, 2004

It used to be that one's career path could be equated to an airplane ride. You pick your destination well ahead of time, book your tickets, board the plane, and prepare to land exactly where you planned. Things have changed. The airplane trip is more of a subway trip, with opportunities to leave the planned route at any time.

Of course, it is far more difficult to plan one's future than a jaunt on the subway, which is why it is important for students to be informed of our options. The School to Career path is a popular alternative to the 'university or bust' approach. Often referred to as Cooperative Education, School to Career offers students an opportunity to learn outside the classroom, and test their skills to the real world.

To determine whether School to Career is the best route for you, or just to learn about this excellent opportunity, you are invited to Careers Unlimited 2004.

The Halton Industry Educational Council, in partnership with both Boards of Education, is presenting this important educational event. Hosted by Holy Trinity Catholic Secondary School (2420 Sixth Line) on Wednesday, Feb. 25, from 6:30-9:30 p.m., the event will showcase more than 150 exhibitors representing professions and trades from across the Region.

Careers Unlimited is an annual affair, and has received high praise from all sectors. It is well organized and efficient, yet maintains an informal affair, which allows students and their parents to gain first hand knowledge with ease.

By presenting students with professionals willing to share their experiences in the world of work, Careers Unlimited offers an interactive approach to career planning. It also enables parents to play an active role in assisting with the options and decision-making. It is clearly a win-win situation.

Included in the School to Career path is the alternative apprenticeship program. This curriculum was designed specially to assist high school students in making the transition minimum age is 16, and the experience is invaluable.

Participants learn quickly just what makes an employee attractive to an employer, as well as establish important ties with the industrial world.

It may come as a relief to many that career planning is no longer the stressful, anxiety-ridden phase it once was. Information is available, no matter what path you choose, and so many people are ready to help. Teachers, parents, and the business community are only too willing to help.

Exploring and choosing a career can be a series of truly extraordinary events and experiences.