Celebrating the 25th year! Grade 9 students across Canada accompany a parent, relative or community volunteer to work for one day during the first week of November. They job shadow their sponsor to observe the workplace skills that are required at this particular business, institution or agency. This program helps Grade 9 students connect school, the world of work, and their own futures.
Purpose of the Program
During “Take Our Kids to Work” employers highlight workplace skills that are needed to succeed in our competitive economy. For instance, employees of the future will need to be adaptable to change, withstand stress, work in a multicultural environment and commit to becoming a life-long learner.
Students will also see the need to be critical thinkers, accepting of criticism, be able to solve problems, take calculated risks and make decisions. Finally, students will be introduced to the need for highly developed communication skills, orally, in writing and technologically. They must be able to work both independently and as part of a team.
How to Support Student Learning
Students are regularly engaged in Pathways career exploration connected to their curriculum. All grade 7 - 12 students have access to myBlueprint , the site we use for career exploration and planning. Parents can also support this exploration at home. Parents are able to create myBlueprint accounts to use as a supportive tool. We also encourage parents to engage in conversation around the student's Take Our Kids to Work day experience. Some sample questions are listed below:
Tell me about the best part of your day?
Was this experience different than you thought it would be?
Did anything you see apply to what you have learned in school?
Describe what you learned about yourself today.
For more information on how to create a parent myBlueprint account, please watch this help video.