PRSD students attend Aboriginal Career Fair
On November 16, 2016, approximately 120 students from around the region joined for the annual Aboriginal Career Conference. Eight PRSD schools participated in the event.
The workshop is intended to generate interest in Aboriginal youth to further their education with a focus on trades, post-secondary education and career development.
When asked what they liked best about the conference, students responded with: "I liked all the options to learn about different jobs" says Josh, grade ten student at Peace River High School (PRHS) and, "All the different variety of tables with careers and we were able to pick what interested us" says Vanessa, grade 12 student also at PRHS.
Dylan, grade ten student from Grimshaw Jr Sr High school commented "We get to learn about First Nations people and the careers out there that can benefit students" and Tristen, grade ten student from Fairview High School says "I think it is awesome that so many organizations and professionals showed up to show us and tell us what they do for a living."
Special guests, post-secondary institutions, local businesses and organizations, entrepreneurs and role models were in attendance to answer questions, provide information and support youth in exploring their career goals. Targeted sessions and interactive booths are examples of some of the activities students took part in.
Constable Nathan Mackay from the Peace River RCMP detachment who was in attendance to provide information about the police force says students were asking great questions and there was a lot of interest. "Students are asking things like; 'how did you become a Police Officer, what is the training like, what is a typical day like, and what are the qualifications to get in?" Constable MacKay also said, "It's rewarding to interact with the kids, share information, break barriers and show them we are approachable. We hope to inspire students to join the force."
PRSD thanks the organizers of the event and all those that came to set up booths, speak with the students and individuals and organizations that spent the day with students.
Josh, grade ten student at Peace River High School and Tristen, grade ten student from Fairview High School expressed gratitude to the organizers and guests at the event:
"Thank you for teaching us and giving us the knowledge of career choices, and thank you for the teachings in general" says Josh and, "Thank you for taking the time out of your day, your jobs and thank you for travelling to the conference" says Tristen.
View photos of the event here