‘Soft’ skills, positive attitude seen as paramount to many employers
Saint Michael Catholic High School student Denica Maure, who wants to be a French immersion teacher, took time with mom Tracie to chat about career paths with Dana Monterosso, recruitment officer, market development at Brock University, at the Pathways event. - Paul Forsyth/Metroland
[...] Wednesday’s event, called Pathways, was jointly organized by the Niagara Catholic District School Board and the Niagara Workforce Planning Board. The evening was a chance for students to hear first-hand from officials with Brock University and Niagara College, economic development agencies, and public sector representatives from industries such as manufacturing, marine shipping, aviation and hospitality on what career options are out there.
Steve Hudson, vice-president of academic and learner services for Niagara College, said his institution alone has more than 130 programs to choose from and that career choices run the gamut from entering apprenticeships to getting degrees.
“It’s pretty intimidating if you are in school,” said Hudson, who like many people didn’t have a clear career in mind when he was younger.
“I knew what I didn’t want to do but I didn’t know very much what I wanted to do,” he said.
Adam Durrant, operations and research manager for the workforce planning board, said his career has also had many unexpected twists and turns. “There’s no un-right path,” he told the students. “There’s no straight line.”
Durrant also dispelled some myths that in Niagara there are only part-time jobs and that the trades are withering.
“Full-time work is absolutely still the norm,” he said.
Skilled trades are also still the third biggest employment category in the region, said Durrant. “The myth that trades are fading, we’re really putting that myth to bed,” he said.
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