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Your Future

Do I know what I want to do?
Do I have the necessary entrance requirements?
Is it likely that I'll get work when I'm finished?
Is the program I want offered here or will I have to go away to study?
If I go away, where will I stay?
How much will tuition be?
How much will books and supplies be?
How will I finance my education?

Now that you are in your final years of high school, the pressure is on to decide what you want to do with the rest of your life?

Teacher, doctor, actor, writer, geologist, nurse, carpenter, computer specialist, graphic designer, musician, accountant, ??????

Making those choices, preparing for college/university, leaving home, living on your own ~ ~ WOW! The stress mounts as you contemplate all these issues.

Write a profile, opinion or feature story for SNN. Remember adding video/audio to your story creates a visual image for your readers. Here are some questions/activities that might help you.

1. Visit the Human Resource Development Canada website http://www.hrdc-drhc.gc.ca/career-carriere and do a skills/personality inventory to find out what types of careers may interest you. Have friends, other students who know what careers they want, do profiles of those careers.

2. Chat with your friends, classmates about their fears, their concerns about what the future holds for them: discuss the job market: will there be a job for me when I graduate university/college?, going in debt trying to get a good education, being able to stay in your own province/community; what's important - money, enjoying what you do, lifestyle choices.

3. Interview students graduating in June on what they aspirations and fear are for their future? Use video camera or audio tape to capture their thoughts.

4. What is the job market like in your province? Contact your guidance counsellor, your local HRDC office to find out what kind of jobs are available in your province.

5. Interested in a career in journalism, in public relations. In medicine, in business. Talk with a person in your chosen field about what to do now to prepare for your future.

6. Get advice from students in university and university personnel on surviving your first year - study skills, living on your own.

7. Follow YOUR dreams. Do you know someone who is doing something different in their career choices? Whether it is following a career in sports, fashion, acting, skateboarding...... What challenges do they face.

Sample SNN Articles.

Career Website Links:
http://www.adm.uwaterloo.ca/infocecs/CRC/manual-home.html **
http://www.theedgemag.org (Go to Career Journey)


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