SD73 Take Our Kids to Work Day

Posted On Friday November 03, 2023

Take Our Kids to Work Day is an annual national program in which Grade 9 (or equivalent) students are hosted by parents, friends, relatives and volunteers at workplaces across the country every November.

The Take Our Kids to Work Day program aligns with our Career Development Priority outlined in the District Strategic Plan 2022-2027 by helping students connect school, the world of work, and their own futures. More than 250,000 students and 75,000 organizations take part every year across Canada, from Nunavut to Newfoundland participate in the program.

On November 1, 2023, Annika Dean, a Grade 9 student from South Kamloops Secondary School, had the opportunity to experience the day in the life of a SD73 CUPE Staffing and Benefits employee. Annika is interested in a career in finance or human resources so it was fitting that she spent the day at the School Board Office with her mom, Jaime Dean.

“I learned how to onboard support staff, file, and how the budget works in schools,” shared Annika. “The highlight of my day was spending time with Director Tallon and learning about budgeting.” 

Jaime was excited for Annika to experience a work day in Human Resources. “I believe the day went well. I had Annika assist me with filing and putting together new hire packages. This allowed me to explain to her the process of onboarding new employees. I’m grateful to Director Tallon for taking the time to introduce Annika to her area of interest,” said Jaime. “I feel the day was a success!”

It is an opportunity for students to explore career options, through:

  • Understanding the importance of staying in school by learning first-hand what skills are required in today’s workplace;
  • Thinking about what aspects of their “work day” they liked and what they didn’t;
  • Exploring career options in a practical way and gain a better understanding of just how many career choices are open to them; and,
  • By spending a day in the life of a working adult, they develop an appreciation of their parents’ work and motivations.

“The more students understand the roles and responsibilities of their parents and relatives in their professions the more well-informed their decisions will be when choosing their own future career,” said Rick Kielein, Director of Instruction. 

We would like to thank Jaime and Annika for sharing their experiences on Take Our Kids to Work Day. 

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