Students “finding their fit”

Students “finding their fit”

Shuswap Middle School was fortunate to host the Work BC Find Your Fit event on May 5 & 6.

Vice-principal Patti Lemaire comments the school’s Grade 7 & 8 students visited the career activity stations where they took part in a hands-on activity related to a specific career. The activities are designed to help students find out their interests and strengths, giving them the knowledge they need to get started with their career planning. Then they moved on to a labour market information station, where they dug deeper into a career of interest.

Find Your Fit is a fun, interactive event that helps students discover and explore careers—from a nurse to a technologist to a carpenter—getting hands-on experience at up to 16 different stations.

Career activity stations

The event included career activity stations across a variety of sectors, as well as two career zone activity stations where multiple careers in technology and health are featured. Career activity stations were available for:

  • Air Pilot
  • Auto Service Technician
  • Carpenters
  • Computer Programmers
  • Electrical Technologists/Engineers
  • Heavy Duty Mechanics/Millwrights
  • Physiotherapist
  • Social/Community Workers
  • Career Health Zone:
    • General Practitioner/Family Doctor
    • Registered Nurse and Nurse’s Aide
    • Occupational Therapist
    • Psychiatrist 
    • Medical Sonographer
  • Career Tech Zone:
    • Computer and Information Systems Managers
    • Computer Network Technicians and Electrical and Electronics Engineers
    • Information Systems Analysts and Consultants
    • Software Engineers and Designers
    • Web Designers and Developers

Labour market information stations

Once students have completed the career activity stations, they dove into a career of interest by visiting labour market stations. Specific stations were set up for the following occupations:

  • Cooks/Chefs
  • Property Administrators
  • Professional Occupations in Advertising, Marketing and Public Relations
  • HR Professionals
  • Purchasing Agents and Officers
  • Civil Engineers
  • Early Childhood Educators
  • Plumbers

Find Your Fit tour event staff were on hand to guide students through all of the WorkBC career planning and labour market information available.

Students also learned about WorkBC’s Career Toolkit, which contains WorkBC career profilesCareer Trek videoscareer quizzes and more. They also learned how to navigate WorkBC to find all of the career information they need.

The WorkBC presentation tours B.C. and Shuswap Middle School was able to host it when there was an unexpected cancellation in a neighbouring school district.