How do we help kids explore ideas about all of the possible choices of careers that are open to them nowadays? Other than taking kids to one’s work places, there are two main options available to parents interested in helping expand their kids’ perspectives: attending events and using online tools.
For the first option, look for events associated with universities or professions. For example, this Saturday, March 23rd, 2013 from 10 am to 4 pm, at the Central Library location of the Vancouver Public Library, it’s E-Fest – there is an interactive set of fun activities around what Engineers and Geoscientists. This is the 17th edition of a truly great community event for the entire family. Your kids can learn what it would mean to become an engineer through playing with interactive displays and seeing first-hand how the many facets of engineering and geoscience affect our everyday lives.
This is currently also Fashion Week in Vancouver – an amazing gathering of award-winning local and international designers from global fashion centers. Attending one of the many events will give them insights around a completely different career choices – from sciences to arts!
The second option is using some cool new tech tools to expose young people to wide-ranging career options. Youtube and Vimeo have great videoclips about different professions – both as ads and segments on what these professions do. For example, almost 10 million people have already seen the Code.org video on teaching kids to code – a new “superpower” that isn’t being taught in most schools. Our kids watched it and then asked to try their hand at coding – and were thrilled when they made the computer do something uniquely of their own idea.
There is a third option as well – a number of university students do babysitting to pay for school. This is – be forewarned 🙂 – a friendly plug for our site, but it’s true – the students we have hired in our own home as babysitters have been an awesome addition to our family and they expose the kids to their various fields of study and interests: nothing like a first hand conversation with someone young and passionate to get the kids excited about finding out more!