On 6 November 2019, the majority of the Grade 9 population didn’t go to school, instead attending an event called “Take Our Kids to Work Day” organized by the Learning Partnership. The Learning Partnership is a Canadian charity that provides experiential programs to support every student. Launched in 1994, Take Our Kids to Work Day is a highly recognized annual career education event in Canada, with an estimated 200 000 students visiting workplaces every year. Every year on Take Our Kids to Work Day, Grade 9 students paused their school duties for a day to learn more about the lives of working adults around them.
Some students attended specifically organized workshops with groups of other Grade 9 students, while others attended their parent’s private workplaces exclusively. Here at MGCI, students went to a variety of different businesses, such as Sick Kids hospital, University of Toronto, and office buildings. Here are some experiences of our very own grade nine students:
Miranda Zhao went to Sick Kids Hospital for Take Our Kids to Work Day. The hospital organized a group of one hundred students to visit different stations around the hospital. The organizers presented experiments and talked about different career options available at Sick Kids. “I think it was a really fun opportunity to learn about what my parents do and learn about the possible options for me in the medical industry,” said Miranda. However, we don’t always want to do what our parents do and as Miranda said, “Before, I wasn’t very sure about whether I wanted to go into the medical industry… and now I want to go into it even less!”
Annie Xiong and Gloria Liu went to the University of Toronto Scarborough Campus (UTSC), where Annie’s father works doing data analytics — analyzing the data of current and former UTSC students. The two went to a team meeting to learn about admission and analytics and how it’s crucial to the University. They toured the campus and had a chance to look at supercomputers, which are very powerful computers that can perform many difficult tasks. These tasks include bitcoin mining and the computers have an abundance of safety precautions.
Technology plays an increasingly significant role in our society, and the technology sector continues to grow. Aisha Salim went to a Telus office and Tony Zhang and Ray Hang went to Huawei Technologies Canada.
At the Telus office, there were programs and activities for the students. “One of the activities we did was they told us how to make a resume, how to present ourselves, how they would interview us if we did come for an interview and I thought that was the most interesting part,” said Aisha.
At the Huawei office, Tony and Ray experimented with Virtual Reality and viewed some of Huawei’s new products. The employees taught the students about stocks, the global market, and the best way to find a career after post-secondary education. “They told us, ‘first, find what you like, then see if that job will still exist a few years later. If so then that’s the thing you probably want to choose, and also see how much money you will make,’” said Ray.
Take Our Kids to Work Day was a chance for students to explore future career options and navigate their interests. It gave them a chance to talk with professionals and be better informed about future career choices. The event benefited students, parents and employers alike and was an overall rewarding experience.