Students told time to start thinking of a career path
You have to think as an individual today and not just hang out with your friends. That was the message 1,360 grade 8 students from Dufferin, Peel and Wellington heard during a Career Pathways day on Nov. 3.
The message came from Orangeville trustee Bob Borden, Chair of Upper Grand District School Board, during the opening remarks of the day.
He also stated the organizers of the event realize the students are at a critical point in their life and would like to help them make decisions of what career path to take.
Mr. Borden told the students recognizing that the future belongs to them is their biggest challenge. After high school the choices they have are to go to a community college, start working, become an apprentice or go to university.
The students were told they could choose college or university to obtain more education in a field that
Or they could start working and make money right after high school — but did they think they would reach their full potential that way?
As for the final option, he told the students they would make good money by being an apprentice.
Guest speaker for the event was Sunjay Nath, a graduate in engineering and mathematics from Queen’s University and a motivator. He told the students there are two types of students and teachers, those who get really excited and look forward to going to school and those who dread the thought of going to school because they don’t care about anything.
“Have you ever heard of the word chife?” he asked the students.
They shook their heads no and he said they wouldn’t have because it’s a word he made up, which means having an attitude that gets in your way and prevents you from reaching your goals.
You have chife, he said when you’re mad, sad, aggravated, frustrated and have other negative feelings. Once you lose the negative attitude all you’re left with is positive feelings and that’s when good things start to happen.
He demonstrated this by telling a story based on Cinderella. She was mad at her ugly stepsisters and sad that she had to do all the work. One day while she was flopping the moors (mopping the floors), her favorite song had come on the radio and she started singing and dancing — losing her chife — and then was invited to this big dance.
As the story goes she loses her shoe and the handsome prince tries to find her. Once he successfully finds the only foot that will fit in the shoe,they fall in love and live happily ever after.
He told the students to lose their chife for the day and ask thought-provoking questions of the professionals with exhibits set up — which is exactly what some students did as they went around to the various booths.
Many students were interested in the hands-on booths, where students were allowed to see items used in that profession such as guns at the army booth, a mask and a Thermal Imaging Camera (TIC) at the Orangeville Fire Department booth. Orangeville Ambulance and Orangeville Police also had various tools of the trade including their vehicles.