Get a Job!
Some students will choose to find part-time employment
while they are in school or during the summer. This is a great way to
get new skills and confidence...and the extra money can't hurt either!
Another great benefit of finding employment now is that it will prepare
you for life after high school. You may find a job that starts you on a
path for the future, or at the very least you may start to understand
what you like and don't like when it comes to the world of work.
What are the top five skills employers are looking for?
- Communication skills
- Honesty and integrity
- Interpersonal skills
- Motivation and initiative
Developing and improving on these skills now will only
help you with your future goals and aspirations. However, finding paid
employment isn't the only way to gain the experience you will need for
your post-secondary life.
Volunteering is another great option for students. In fact, it is
volunteer experience that often gives students the skills and
qualifications they need to find a paid job. Many non-profit
organizations would be grateful for the assistance and in return they
provide you with great on-the-job training. In short, volunteering is
a terrific way to build job experience and support a cause that you
As a member of a Catholic school community, you should be striving to be
a "collaborative contributor and a responsible citizen" (Ontario
Catholic School Graduate Expectations). Furthermore, one of the
requirements of receiving your Ontario Secondary School Diploma is
completing 40 hours of community service. Volunteering for an
organization that you support will help you accomplish all of those
When choosing a volunteer opportunity, think about what you may want to
pursue as a career. With a little bit of creativity you will be able to
support a worthy cause and get experience that will benefit you in the
long-term. For example, if you are interested in pursuing a career in
retail, why not volunteer at a local charity's second-hand store.