I noticed on Twitter today that it was ‘take your kid to work’ day across the country. Looking at #KidsToWork, there were loads of tweets of proud parents showing off their children in their workplaces as they were treated to a sneak peak of what their parents do at work.
Kids at work
My kid never participated in ‘take your kid to work’ day. I don’t remember why. Perhaps it was because dad is a teacher and it is easy to get a sense of what they do both at school and at home (marking is often all around our family room). Mom, on the other hand, is a priest, a role which doesn’t necessarily have a typical day because there is a need to be available for pastoral visits, participate in meetings, prepare sermons, worship and other programming, preside at worship, and so on. Some of these aspects would be inappropriate for a kid to be present and others would not be particularly engaging.
I suspect this dad, who works at the Canada Revenue Agency understands the dilemma of introducing your kid to a job that requires independent work that may or may not be particularly engaging for others:
— Ron Hebdon (@RonHebdon_GC) November 14, 2018
Tailoring the day for the students
It would seem that some companies welcomed students and made a point of developing engaging programming that young people would enjoy.
CSIS Canada tweeted:
— CSIS Canada (@csiscanada) November 14, 2018
Baycrest provided experiential learning with an ‘aging suit’ according to this tweet:
Today’s #TakeYourKidsToWorkDay is off to a fantastic start! Grade 9 students learned about #augmentedreality and took part in our #AgingSuit simulation, learning about the physical, sensory and cognitive changes that can occur with aging #AR #KidsToWork pic.twitter.com/GNCHweQkkH
— Baycrest (@Baycrest) November 14, 2018
Students at Alectra had some electrifying experiences:
— Alectra (@alectranews) November 14, 2018
What do you think?
Have you ever participated in ‘take your kid to work’? If yes, what did that look like for you? If not, why not? Do you think that this is a meaningful opportunity for young people? Why or why not? To what extent do you think young people should be encouraged to explore careers through such hands on opportunities? We would love to hear from you.
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