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October 15, 2021

Jennifer Bird, SAFE Work Manitoba

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.

Job title:

Lawyer

In high school, I would have been voted most likely to:

travel. I really enjoy living in new places, and meeting people from a variety of different cultures. 

The skills I rely on most in my role are:  

In my job, I rely a lot on critical thinking and problem-solving skills, collaboration and communication. I also must stay up to date on developments in the law.

Q: Can you share your experience in law school? What courses/activities did you do in high school that helped you prepare for your career in law?

A: I had a wonderful law school experience. I attended the University of Victoria, which has a co-op program for its law students. Through co-op placements, I was able to work at a law firm in Bangkok, Thailand and a Legal Aid Clinic in Iqaluit while still a student and earn some money in the process! 

I found that mixing work and study really helped me figure out the type of work I did and did not want to do after law school.  It also allowed me to travel and connect with a diverse group of people.

With respect to high school courses/activities preparing me for law school, being a good lawyer requires excellent analytical, problem-solving and critical thinking skills. All of your high school courses help you develop these skills.
 
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