View From SD73: Parents as career coaches

Today’s career education curriculum asks students to consider who they want to be in the world, not simply what they want to be. This is an important distinction.

Students need to learn to make career plans in an ever-changing world.

Today’s career education curriculum asks students to consider who they want to be in the world, not simply what they want to be. This is an important distinction.

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Career education in School District 73 looks significantly different now than it did when the average parent graduated from high school. Students now have thousands of options for work and education following secondary school. WorkBC notes that 78 per cent of future work requires some post-secondary education. Whether this is in a trades and technology school, college or university, students begin exploring their career paths through their high school years and will be well on their way at graduation to defining their career options.

With so many options for students, parents are now a vital guide in their children’s lives, so SD73 has a whole team of staff that can help. Our secondary school-based career education leads provide expertise to career education teachers, as well as a network to support participation in career and transition events for students. Career education programming provides knowledge and understanding, while trades and transitions programming provides experiential opportunities. Students can explore a variety of pathways, including post-secondary through the TRUStart program, university preparation through the International Baccalaureate program, hands-on experience through the NorKam Trades and Technology Centre or exploration of the world of digital animation through the DATA program.

I have firsthand experience in one of these excellent career path options offered by SD73 as my son is starting the construction trades sampler at NorKam senior secondary. Sampler courses in construction, mechanical and industrial trades provide students with tangible skills related to daily work in each of the four trades they study within their focus area, as well as developing their understanding of the professionalism of a tradesperson The program instills safe workplace practices, student skill development and encourages design, planning, production and evaluation of various techniques and projects.

The provincial curriculum now focuses on developing an educated citizen. The educated citizen should be able to learn and think critically and be able to communicate information from a broad-knowledge base while being motivated, thinking positively and having the confidence to make decisions independently.

From kindergarten through Grade 12, students acquire the knowledge, skills, attitudes and values required to thrive and shape their world. Career development at all grade levels is designed to prepare students in obtaining their career and occupational objectives.

So, as educating our students is ever changing, so must our discussions from the parent/guardian perspective Our website has up-to-date details. Visit our district website at sd73.bc.ca and/or educationplannerbc.ca for more information and to register for upcoming sessions of Parents as Career Coaches.

Cara McKelvey is an SD73 trustee. SD73 columns appear monthly in the print edition of KTW and online at kamloopsthisweek.com. McKelvey’s email address is cmckelvey@sd73.bc.ca. To comment on this column, email editor@kamloopsthisweek.com.

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