Brayden Patrick works with an interactive touch-screen in the computer programming display during Work BC's Find Your Fit career exploration event at Southgate Middle School last week.

Students get hands-on with their futures

Campbell River School District, Work BC introduce middle school, high school students to career options through Find Your Fit

Campbell River students and parents were invited to take part in an interactive, hands-on career exploration event hosted by Campbell River School District earlier this month.

Work BC’s touring Find Your Fit program features a series of hands-on, interactive displays to help students learn about in-demand jobs, explore career options and training opportunities in the province.

Two sessions were held at Southgate Middle School during the tour’s stop in Campbell River Jan. 8.

The student session during the day was primarily targeted to middle school students from Southgate, Phoenix and Robron Centre as part of an effort to increase career exploration and investigation opportunities for this age group within the district.

A second session from was held for parents and secondary students that evening. Invitations were sent through phone calls and emails using Synervoice and the district’s Facebook and Twitter accounts. The session was well-attended, according to District staff, with many students who had attended the student session during the day coming back to further explore the stations with their parents.

Find Your Fit allowed students to explore a variety of careers, including nursing, carpentry, construction inspection, computer programming, truck driving, mechanical engineering and electrical technology. There were also several iPad kiosks where students could watch short videos on approximately 100 other varied careers such as accountant, graphic designer, physiotherapist, civil engineer, conservation officer,  dentist, and helicopter pilot, to name a few.

Jeff Lontayao, the District’s career facilitator based at Carihi Secondary, coordinated the event, hosted by Cathy Manson and the Southgate staff in their school gym.