Wednesday, November 2nd, 2016 marks the 23rd annual Take Our Kids to Work Day (TOKW). This is a nation-wide event where close to 200 000 grade 9 students will head to work to job-shadow a parent, relative or mentor.
This is a fantastic opportunity for young teens to see the working world firsthand. The goal of this initiative is to prompt young students to begin career planning and investigate the education required to pursue their career goals.
TOKW is sponsored by an organization called The Learning Partnership. This charitable organization is committed to providing public programs, including TOKW, which encourages students to stay in school and help them to prepare to transition from the classroom to the workplace.
According to The Learning Partnership, students participating in TOKW will:
- Develop an appreciation for the importance of staying in school, getting a high school diploma and pursuing post-secondary studies
- Gain exposure to the skills required in today’s workplaces
- Develop an appreciation for their parent’s roles in making a living and supporting their families
- Begin career discussions with adults about the work they do
- Gain a better understanding of the complexity of career choices and the benefits of early exploration
- Explore career options in practical ways
Whether you’re participating or not, this is a great time to speak with your child about what kind of job they may be interested in observing and experiencing. If you are taking your child to your workplace, be sure to provide them with meaningful and engaging experiences while there.
Don’t be offended if your child doesn’t express an interest in your line of work. Use this day to connect your youngster with another professional and broaden his or her perspective. Take Our Kids to Work Day is a wonderful way to encourage students to start thinking about their future.
On behalf of Ruth Rumack’s Learning Space, we wish you and your child a great day tomorrow!