January 2002
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Choosing Careers
By: Elizabeth Lowe, Level 3 Student, Roncalli High, Port Saunders, NF

The future is inevitable. But what do you do when the future is a blur? At 17 we are kind of young to determine what we want to do with our lives. But that is what we are expected to do. When we graduate, actually about three - four months before we graduate, we are expected to know where we want to go, what we want to do, and why we want to do it.

Choosing a Career Path (Audio Clip)

At Roncalli Central High in Port Saunders, there are mixed emotions about the next couple of years and next year in particular. The pressure is on now to decide on career paths: universities, trade schools, or colleges. But how can we know at such a young age what is the right thing for us to do. For the most part, our parents have made most of our decisions for us. How can a 17 year old decide what they should do for the next 20-30 years when the hardest decision they have had so far is what guy/girl to date or what clothes to wear.

Dara Biggin, a grade 12 student, said "I'm not too sure on what I want to do when I graduate. I know there is a lot of things out there to do but how do I know which career path is right for me. I get so stressed out over trying to decide on what to do with the rest of my life."

Although a lot of students are confused about what to do, it's not hard to find someone who has a passion for a career and who is going to follow their dreams in order to achieve it. Jennifer Kelly is also a grade 12 student at Roncalli she said "I am very excited to go away next year! I can't wait! I want to be a pediatrician. I have always loved children and I am very interested in medicine. I have wanted to do pediatrics since I was about 12, so the decision was easy!"

There are people who know what they want to do and there are people who have no idea, and then there are people who think they know but are still exploring their options. Maggie Gould another grade 12 student at Roncalli said "At first I wanted to do Early childhood education, then I wanted to do education, and now I think I have decided on going to the forces. But I'm also thinking about going to a community college in Nova Scotia. Right now I just have a few possibilities narrowed down and I guess I'll soon have to decide on one or the other."

In the coming months graduating students not just at Roncalli but everywhere will have to decide on what they will do next year and what school they will do it at. It's confusing and frustrating but if you follow your dreams the answers will be easier to find.