A fellow Canadian here who has participated in Take your Kids to Work Day (TYKTWD) way back when. The one great thing about TYKTWD is scale. While Bernice did point out some instances where students aren't able to go to their parents workplace, i think majority of grade 9s do go somewhere. The downside is, they are going to their parent's workplace and they may not be interested in the same field as their parent. Plus, the student probably already know a bit about what their parent does and that particular work environment.
I like that One Day matches students with organizations they are interested in. I also like that it attempts to build a relationship with the student and it's not really only interaction. I also did a co-op program like Bernice and while I might have not known exactly what work was like when I applied, working for 4 months at a company really helped me understand what I liked and what I did not like about the profession, company etc.. So I think if you can integrate a co-op/internship opportunity somehow it will be really beneficial.
Finally, I wanted to share a concept/platform I recently came across: http://newco.co/
The way i understand it is, a bunch of companies in a city open up their doors to, in this case, executives, entrepreneurs, investors, and future influencers, to experience the companies up close and personal. Attendees sign up for the companies/sessions they are interested. It's a concept/platform you might want to consider that might help you achieve the scale you are looking for
I like the concept and it reminds me of the HBR article not long ago on how in the future we'll need to hire based on potential. The basic idea is that because we live in a VUCA (military term for volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous) environment even those that are fully competent in one situation might not be in another. The article then goes on to explain how to assess potential – motivation being the primary factor. Others include curiosity, engagement, insight and determination.
The question I ask is how do we get potential employers to embrace this way of thinking/recruiting? I like that the article gives some example questions to ask in interviews to get a sense of a person's potential, but this is a big mindshift from what we do right now and more will be required.
Hi Abiola -- Thank you for sharing your story. I think often for a lot of people finding the intersection of their strengths, passions and what drives economic engine is a challenge and leads to feeling UNfocused at times.
It seems like you were able to focus, but since this is the research phase and for others who are trying to find their focus, I have recently come across two great resources (geared towards Millennials) that I thought I would share: