Students shop for careers at HHSS
By Jenn Watt
Published May 1, 2018
The Athletic Complex was awash in students darting between employer booths, trying out new experiences and learning more about job opportunities.
The Haliburton County Paramedic Service was taking the pulse of the student population – literally – with their heart monitor. Greg Brown Construction offered students a chance to try their hand at carpentry with a friendly competition to see who could sink a nail into a board the fastest.
Thirty-nine businesses participated in the first annual Career Day, organized by the Haliburton County Home Builders Association and the Haliburton Highlands Chamber of Commerce, said Aggie Tose, executive officer of the home builders.
All high school students were invited to participate and Tose hopes in coming years Grade 7 and 8 students and alternative education students can also attend.
“One teacher came back and gave me some suggestions for next year and said the day was good for him,” Tose said.
Students reported to her that at first it was a bit overwhelming to be confronted by so many options and people to talk to.
“Amy Klose, head of math at the high school, created a page [of questions] for the Grade 9 and 10 students,” she said. “It was a great piece that helped to open communication with students and exhibitors.”
Autumn Wilson, manager of the chamber of commerce, said they were thrilled with how the day went.
“The goal is to keep this an annual event in partnership with the Haliburton County Home Builders Association and we’ve already made notes for how to improve the event for next year,” she said.