On January 19, 2017, LCVI high school students organized a career fair in the school library to educate students about the careers paths and experiences at their co-op placements.

Co-op students have been at their placements all semester and have learned what it would be like to work in various business environments and locations in the City of Kawartha Lakes. Students were able to experience first-hand the work environment and tasks for daily life as a fireman, veterinary technician, line chef, marketing assistant, and more.

“My co-op was a lot of fun,” commented Faith, a grade 12 student, whose placement was at the Kawartha Lakes Humane Society. “A placement like mine would be great for people who love animals and want to become a veterinary technician.”

The students’ culminating project was to put together a poster board to display at a career fair. On the posters, students displayed information such education requirements, personal interests, ‘a day in the life’, what they liked and disliked about the role, the skills they learned while at co-op, and skills required for the career. Part of the project was to make up a brochure to hand out to visitors. The brochure described the career, post-secondary courses that are needed to achieve a similar position, and more.

Students from grade 10 civics and careers classes as well as some grade 11 classes visited the fair and had the chance to talk with the presenters about their co-op experience.

“The purpose of having the co-op students arrange a career fair is to inform other students about various career options and to help them in their career exploration and planning. We also want to promote co-op and show off the great work students have done all semester,” said Marcie Goldenberg, LCVI co-op teacher.

Cooperative Education is a course offered to students in grades 11 and 12 who want to explore different career interest. They have the opportunity to take 1, 2, 3, or 4 credit co-op through one semester and earn one credit for each period of co-op. This is a great option for students to gain practical work experience. Co-op placements can be taken in office environments, restaurants, in trades, and more.

 “Students have the opportunity to develop employable skills such as responsibility, initiative, independence, problem solving, professionalism and reliability,” commented Goldenberg.

If you would like to learn more about co-op, please visit wegotyoucovered.ca or arrange for your child to meet with their school’s guidance counselor.