Tomorrow I am participating in a high school career day. One of my cousins is a high school teacher nearby and a few weeks ago she asked if I would be interested in participating in her school's career day since the students had shown interest in a lawyer. The format will be three sessions with about 15 students in each session, with a focus on the students considering the following questions about themselves:
Who am I?
What do I want to become?
What are my opportunities?
What is my plan for achieving my goals?
I have actually wanted to be a lawyer since I was in high school and I created my own path for getting there, with a few hiccups and changes along the way, but I made it. Being a lawyer is a great career because there are so many different kinds of law, more than just the kinds you see on television. I mean, my initial inspiration was Matlock and the OJ Simpson trial, and those two things could not be farther from my day to day life.
I'm going to tell them about the importance of grades in high school and university, about how they are important and they will influence where you go to university and law school and if you are eligible for any scholarship, but that it is also important to take a variety of classes and get some basic knowledge of as much as you can.
There are many options for university in Canada and I want to encourage the students to look beyond the Greater Toronto Area. I always think it is a good idea to break out of your comfort zone and move away if you can. I didn't really have a choice, I had to move away from home to go to school, and even though I was only two hours away and had family nearby, I was forced to make new friends and become more independent.
There will be an opportunity for questions so I will be interested in what the students want to know. What I think or remember as important will be different than what is relevant to them, I'm sure.