WorkBC career day opens doors, options for Kelowna students

Career tour opens options

When school finishes, what comes next?

WorkBC's Career Education Day Find Your Fit tour provided some options, Thursday, at Rutland Senior Secondary School.

Hundreds of students filed through interactive displays, hands-on aptitude skills tests, and booths manned by local businesses.

Students learned about in-demand careers and connected with local employers, post-secondary institutions and support organizations.

Tour manager Vi Phan said the tour has been criss-crossing the province for months, touring all regions, and attracting thousands of inquisitive students.

"Interests really depend on what city you’re in," she said. "In some cities it's veterinary – pilots are very popular, ophthalmology, medical stenographers ... a lot of kids these days are looking to go into the entrepreneurial field, dieticians are on the rise as well as welding, trades, tech and first responders.

"It's designed to be a fun and interactive way to test the skills needed to be successful at that job," Phan said of the interactive stations, which ranged from a flight simulator to others on trades and health care.

"We encourage kids to try all the stations, even if they’re not looking in that career. You never know what you’ll be good at."

Grade 11 student Mariah Liddicoat said she's still unsure what she wants to do after graduation, but is interested in childcare, health related jobs, or a veterinary career.

Lawyer Carl da Luz of Farris LLP said law is never boring because those in the field are exposed to many different cases. "Each is different. You never know what each case will bring, and you get to argue law, try to convince a judge that your legal opinion is the right one, investigate case law. Every case, every client, has a new story."

Booths at the career fair included those from the Centre for Arts and Technology, Okanagan College, Cariboo Central Railroad, the YMCA's Jumpstart employment program, and Castanet.

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