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 Technical Consultant, Global Business Services
In high school, I would have been voted most likely to:
explore the most opportunities and activities
The skills I rely on most in my role:
Result-driven communication, critical thinking and problem solving
Q: I want to pursue a career in engineering and programming. What school courses would you recommend? Do you have any tips for students interested in this field?
First, let me say that a career in engineering or computer science is an amazing career path to aim for, with lots of opportunities. In high school, I would highly recommend taking the math and the science courses (calculus, advanced functions, physics, chemistry). Go on any university’s admission requirements and it will tell you what courses you need to take. Here is an example from Ryerson’s
In my perspective, even if you aren’t exactly sure what you want to do in university/college, having the math and science courses in high school gives you the most options when it’s time to apply for post-secondary.
In terms of tips, it’s not the easiest career path, and it often requires hard work, but from someone who graduated in engineering, I think it’s a great investment and totally worth it after. One of the things that helped me to get into engineering was choosing to take easy additional courses and electives instead of spares in high school. So, I graduated with more than the required credits, but it helped boost my overall average (since my grades in the math and sciences weren’t the highest). And your overall average matters a lot; you only have to meet the minimum requirement for the mandatory math, science and English courses.
Hope this helps and good luck!