Dynamic Directions Career Fair a Big Hit

Students talk to the experts and explore careers
Posted on 11/10/2021
Students explore career choicesDynamic Directions Career FairThe second Dynamic Directions Career Fair at St. Thomas Aquinas High School was a huge hit today, with over 22 local business owners and workers displaying booths and information about career choices. Students in Grades 9 – 10 asked questions and learned about a varieGrand Council Treaty #3ty of career options from health care, mental health, police services, aviation and business.

Grade 9 student Kolton Emond talked about what interests him, “probably the police and the Lake of the Woods District Hospital. I am interested in aviation, architecture, and designing airports and stuff like that.”

Students were able to walk around the foyer from booth to booth and talk to the workers directly about their path to their chosen career.

“I was asking them how they got their job, and respectfully what’s their wage," says Edmond. “I also asked about architecture and designing airports. I’m interested in police or aviation because in aviation there is everything. You can even be a security guard in aviation and combine police and airplanes.”

Stefan Robinson, Executive Director for the Kenora Hospitality Alliance, and Safety Management Systems Manager for the Kenora Airport Authority, was on hand to talk about opportunities in aviation and the interest of students. “It shows that there is an interest in aviation and kids are willing to learn and expand their horizons to more than just something they have considered here in Kenora." says Robinson. "There are tons of opportunities for students, and it’s good to see that they are open to so many fields.”

Jaret Ring, Human Resources and Payroll Assistant for the City of Kenora said he’s been answering a lot of great questions.

“The students are interested in learning about careers, and they have great questions that I didn’t expect. They are asking us about the skills and the qualifications of the job, and they are asking us how we enjoy our work, which is something I wasn’t expecting.”

The City of Kenora's booth was focused on summer students and student positions and giving students options to work right now as high school students.

The aim of the Career Fair is to create a living library experience where students can learn and be inspired by a person’s career choice.

Molly Hendy, Grade 10 student, talks about her experience at the event. “I get to learn about all the different career paths that I can do, and that I can study for in Grade 11 and 12, and I get to meet people who actually do that career already and learn from their experiences, about what they like about it and what they might not like about it. It’s really interesting to hear their perspectives. I really like the Grand Council Treaty #3 booth because they have a lot of different brochures and the guy who is at the booth really knows what he’s talking about, and that is very helpful.“

The second Dynamic Directions Career Fair ran on November 10 throughout the day and is an opportunity for students to gain valuable insight into career options they might not have considered.
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