Career Day 2016: Preparation for Life After SMUS

On January 27, the Senior School hosted its 7th annual Career Day. Students in Grades 9 through 12 had the opportunity to learn about a wide variety of careers. Presentations from speakers, including more than 15 SMUS alumni, included the usual high-interest specialties – medicine, law and business – and students were also able to sign up to hear about the career paths of people involved in such careers as film-making, engineering, physiotherapy, book publishing, clinical psychology, eco-tourism, aviation, interior design, performing arts and more.

SMUS-SS-CareerDay-16-SJCareer Day 2016 began with a keynote address given by alumnus Sharon Janzen ’93. Ms. Janzen is a nurse whose career has taken her to many parts of the world with Doctors Without Borders.

Following her address, students attended two sessions of their choice and then had the opportunity to attend an after-school networking session for further conversation with presenters, peers and SMUS faculty. The networking session was particularly successful this year, with 50 students chatting with 25 adults.

Several presenters were entrepreneurs who outlined their paths towards success. Students and faculty alike enjoyed hearing our guests describe their post-secondary education and their career paths up to the present day. SMUS-SS-CareerDay-16-CCOne interesting discovery for students every year is the remarkably circuitous paths taken by many of the presenters to arrive at the job they presently have.

SMUS students are getting a head start with the Career Education agenda, identified by the Ministry of Education as a central aspect of the new curriculum being implemented in all schools across the province.  Career Days at SMUS are planned and implemented by a committee of teachers and alumni, and we hope that students who enjoyed this year’s event will join this committee in preparation for Career Day 2017.

See more photos from Career Day on the SMUS Photo Gallery.

(photos by Kyle Slavin)

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Jake Humphries is Career Day Co-ordinator and an ELL teacher at St. Michaels University School.

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