October 24th, 2020

Post-Secondary Fair offers options for school grads


By Bobinec, Greg on October 25, 2019.

Vancouver-based speaker Sean Aiken gives a presentation to students at Victoria Park High School, sharing his experiences and insight from his One Week Job project, in which he worked 52 jobs in 52 weeks. Herald photo by Ian Martens @IMartensHerald

Greg Bobinec

Lethbridge Herald

gbobinec@lethbridgeherald.com

With thousands of high school students working hard to finish off their senior year, many of them are beginning to explore their options for what they will do after school finishes.

For around 16 years, Career Transitions has hosted its annual Regional Post-Secondary Fair and on Wednesday evening the fair came to Chinook High School for students and community members to connect with dozens of institutions throughout the province and across the country.

“This is our regional event where we invite Alberta post-secondary institutions along with out-of-province institutions as well, and the idea behind it is that we want students and community members to give them the chance to explore and have some conversations with the different institutions,” says Judy Stolk-Ingram, executive director of Career Transitions. “It is a really good chance for them to do some preliminary research and to connect with these institutions personally, rather than an email which isn’t always the ideal way to contact someone when you have important questions about an important decision.”

Hundreds of high school students joined their family, along with community members who want to explore their options with over 35 post-secondary institutions. With many options to choose from, many students want to leave their hometown to explore the world, but Stolk-Ingram says there are many benefits to continuing education in their hometown, but this event helps them explore the possibilities.

“It opens the door to everything and interestingly enough some of the students think they want an adventure and they want to go away, or the Lethbridge institutions are too small, but they have the chance to talk with some of the recruiters and faculty members and learn what benefits there might be to education in their hometown,” says Stolk-Ingram.

For the first time, Career Transitions has brought in a guest speaker from the Lethbridge area to their Regional Post-Secondary Fair, to help give some insight to the students about going out into the world and figuring out what they value and how that can help them make future decisions.

“We are very excited, we haven’t done this before but we have Sean Aiken as our guest speaker,” says Stolk-Ingram. “When he graduated from the university a few years back, he didn’t really know what he wanted to do.”

The Vancouver-based speaker started the One-Week Job Project in which he worked 52 jobs in 52 weeks.

“In his presentation he is talking about the value of exploring and being open, to look for your passion and experiences can help you find that,” says Stolk-Ingram.

Throughout the evening, hundreds of local and area students searched through the different institution programs and services to find potential possibilities for what they would like to do in the future, as well as open their eyes to the possibilities their future could bring.

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