Grade 10 to 12 students at Golden Secondary School (GSS) had the opportunity to network with a variety of local science professionals last week.
Opening the Door, a career networking event hosted by Science World and as part of the Province’s Year of Science activities, included panel discussions, networking tips and the chance for students to meet local professionals who are doing what they love. As Les Stewart, a Clinical Nurse Educator, said in her mentor biography: “Choose a job you love, and you will never have to ‘work’ a day in your life.”
“Only five per cent of students end up doing what they thought they’d be doing in high school,” said Michael Jones, the event’s host and Community Engagement Program Specialist for Science World. This wasn’t to deter students from following their dreams by any means, but spoke to the goal of the morning event which was to explore the variety of scientific professions available.
Some of the local mentors included Karen Janicek, a Registered Massage Therapist, Rob de Kleer, a Development Technician for the Town of Golden, Nicki McIntosh, owner of Shape Up Fitness and Sadie Parr, a Wildlife Interpreter for the Northern Lights Wildlife Wolf Centre.
Parr said she grew up wanting to help animals and when she visited the wolf centre 6 years ago, she began to realize that Canadian wildlife needs just as much help as wild animals in foreign places.
Aaron Glover, a Survey Technician in Invermere, said he doesn’t know yet if this will be his career for the rest of his life, but for now he likes the variety of work he gets to do in his job, which ranges from hiking in locations nobody has been in decades to working in town and going home for lunch.
The Year of Science is a school year program to showcase how science works, who scientists are, the kinds of work they do, why science matters in our everyday lives and communities, and how young people can have an exciting career in those fields. The event was sponsored by the provincial government.
“Through the Year of Science, the B.C. government wants to help raise the level of science awareness and skills in our province,” said Minister of Science and Universities Ida Chong in a recent press release. “These innovative community programs organized by Science World will help British Columbians discover that science is not only fun but important to our health and well being, our lifestyle and our future.”
Other local Science World events included Science World on the Road presentations at Lady Grey Elementary, GSS and Alexander Park Elementary at the beginning of last week.