Wednesday, November 2, 2011 marks the 17th annual Take Our Kids to Work Day. This is a nation-wide event where close to 200 000 grade nine students will head to work to job-shadow a parent, relative or mentor. This is a fantastic opportunity for young adolescents to see the working world first-hand. The goal of this initiative is to prompt young students to begin career planning and begin to investigate the education required to pursue their career goals.
Take Our Kids to Work Day (TOKW) is sponsored by an organization called The Learning Partnership. This charitable organization is committed to providing public programs, including TOKW, which encourage students to stay in school and help students prepare to transition from the classroom to the workforce. Click here for more information about The Learning Partnership and Take Our Kids to Work Day.
According to The Learning Partnership, students participating in TOKW will:
- Develop an appreciation for the importance of staying in school, getting a high school diploma and pursuing post-secondary studies.
- Gain exposure to the skills required in today’s workplaces.
- Develop an appreciation for their parents’ roles in making a living and supporting their families.
- Begin career discussions with adults about the work they do.
- Gain a better understanding of the complexity of career choices and the benefits of early exploration.
- Explore career options in practical ways.
As this day approaches, speak with your child about what kind of job he or she may be interested in observing and experiencing. Be sure to provide your child with meaningful and engaging experiences at your place of work. For ideas and a helpful resource, click here for the TOKW Parent Guide. Don’t be offended if your child doesn’t express an interest in your line of work. Use this day to connect your youngster with another professional and broaden his or her perspectives. Take Our Kids to Work Day is a wonderful way to encourage students to develop a future minded outlook.
For more information regarding academic support and career planning, contact Ruth Rumack’s Learning Space 416.925.1225 or visit www.ruthrumack.com.