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Career Conversations

Monday, February 28, 2022

In January 2022, we launched our six-part BFIS Career Conversations program for Grade 10 students during their Advisory time.

"The OECD Career Readiness project explores quantitative evidence to identify how teenage career-related activities and attitudes are linked to better adult employment outcomes. Evidence from multiple national longitudinal studies shows that secondary school students benefit by actively exploring their futures in work. One indicator of better employment outcomes is students reporting having career conversations with family members, peers and importantly, with subject teacher". (OECD Education Policy Perspectives)

Aligned with the Holland Code activity that BFIS students did earlier in the year, our first two speakers of our Career Conversations Program came from the category of "Persuaders", commonly known as the business, entrepreneurial sector.  Our two speakers were Chris Lewis, Vice President of International Sales at Azul and Ziad Matar, Parallel Entrepreneur. Among the many subjects touched upon, students learned about the importance of grit, what employers look for when hiring, how so many jobs of the future are unknown at this time and what VUCA stands for (volatility, uncertainty, complexity, and ambiguity). 

On our second session focused on the Holland Code of "Helpers" which encompasses the fields of teaching, counseling, social work and law. Our guest parent speakers were Shirli Ender, professor and coach along with Hudson Bair, a lawyer.

Our third session took place last week. This time the focus of the conversation was on creative careers.  Pablo Cruz, a film producer, spoke about his educational and professional journey along with Dr. Anne Kearney, an environmental psychologist who became an artist. 

During Kindness Week we held the fourth session. The theme was ‘Organizers’. Professionals who often work with accounting, math, numerical activities who value precision, and are detail-oriented. Our guest speakers were Prof. Jaime Sabal and Rivi Aviran

We can't wait for the next sessions to come. Our students learn so much from the professional journeys and experience of our speakers. It is a fantastic way to introduce them to the endless variety of career opportunities in the world, encourage further exploration of careers that spark their interest, and facilitate meaningful discussions during these sessions, at class and at home about successful job skills and planning for the future.