This profile is part of a series in support of Take Our Kids to Work Day on November 3, 2021. Launched in 1994, Take Our Kids to Work Day is the most recognized career exploration event in Canada. With the pandemic continuing to change how students learn, the 27th annual Take Our Kids to Work Day presented by RBC Future Launch will be back with a virtually delivered look at the world of work for Grade 9 students across Canada.
This year’s theme – You Belong Here! – will expose young minds, as they enter their first year of high school, to a wide range of careers reflecting the full diversity of students, interests and the future world of work.
To learn more and register, go to takeourkidstowork.ca.
Senior Manager, Future of Canada Centre
In high school, I would have been voted most likely to:
Work in politics
Skills I rely on most in my role:
Critical thinking & problem solving
Q: How did you come to realize your passion?
I love this question. While I’m still discovering my passions (and I think they can change over time!) I realized my passions to date by paying attention to the things that held my attention – even if they weren’t connected to ‘work’.
For example, consider asking yourself what are the things you are most interested in or curious about? What are the things that leave you energized and happy? What are the things that you can get lost in for hours? You’ll be surprised at how the answers to those questions can help you uncover what truly lights you up.
Especially when there are so many options available, knowing what you’re passionate about will help you uncover the types of work you will love doing throughout your career. My advice: don’t shy away from what makes you happy!
Q: What are some challenges you face at your job and how would you go about handling some of those challenges?
Great question! During your professional life you will be called on to manage a whole range of challenges. Across the roles I’ve held to date, I’ve most often encountered challenges related to coordination and priority setting.
Coordination: If you think you might like to work in a large organization, you will often be called on to coordinate projects across different teams or departments – all of whom have different goals and ways of working. I find that overcoming this challenge typically hinges on developing the ability to communicate effectively, grounded in honesty and respect.
Priority setting: Regardless of your job and the resources available to you, there are only so many hours in a day. The ability to pick a few priorities that you or your team can do well will serve you in your career. Be honest with yourself, your team, and your bosses about what your priorities are.