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.
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Senior Manager Potato Product Supply
In high school I would have been voted most likely to:
I was voted most dramatic...personally I think my peers were being a bit dramatic with that nomination!
The skills I rely on most in my role:
Critical thinking, problem solving and collaboration
Q: What courses in school would be beneficial for careers in the future?
From my personal experience, early in your education I found it beneficial to get exposure to a variety of disciplines to find what you really enjoy. In high school, the majority of my courses were focused in science and math as I had it in my mind that I wanted to be an optometrist. I also explored courses ranging from vehicle mechanics to accounting and law, which ended up influencing my decision to pursue a business degree. At the very least, by diversifying your education you can learn some great life skills as well your personal likes and dislikes.
The world has drastically changed over the last decade and we have seen technology and science advance at an unprecedented rate. I believe the job market is going to continue to shift into these sectors and that courses in the STEM (science, technology, engineering & math) disciplines will be most beneficial for future careers.
Q: How do you handle mistakes at work?
Making mistakes is how we learn and grow as humans. The most important thing is that you recognize the mistake, what decisions or actions led to it, and use it as a learning opportunity to prevent yourself from making the same mistake twice.
The other critical component is owning your mistakes. I have found that you will gain more self-respect and the respect of your peers by owning your mistakes and working to find solutions than by trying to pass the blame.
Lastly, it is important to not be afraid to make mistakes; this will hold you back from reaching your full potential. You will need to make decisions in your job and life in general where you rarely have all the information to know that you’re making the right choice, but by using the information that you do have and taking smart risks you can at least make informed decisions.