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Parent-Alumni Career Exploration Network (PACE)
Not the ordinary career fair
PACE organises an annual career fair for secondary students, not only to help them learn about different professions but to help them understand that a career path is not often a straight line and to help them make connections with our community. We invite parents and community members with a wide range of experience to speak with our students in a casual table talk format.
Here are some reflections from our students:
“I found that everyone has gone through many job pathways, which is interesting because it shows me the reality that everything is not always stable.”
“I was inspired by the speakers’ background stories and how they had to overcome what life threw at them.”
“Knowing your career at this point in life is not very important. For many of the speakers, they changed their career path many times before finding their passion.”
“The best part was that I really did feel inspired and connected with those people.”
PACE also organises panel discussions, workplace preparation workshops, college fair preparation sessions, and mentorship programmes. We are working with the MYP coordinator to develop an internship programme with local businesses for grade 10 and 11 students.
Ways to get involved:
Participate in a Career Fair! Share your professional and life experience with students. Time commitment: 2 hours for a one-time event.
Provide training to students on resume writing, interview skills, personal financial planning, or other topics. Time commitment: 1 hour for a one-time training session.
Offer internship opportunities at your business. The program details are being developed, but please let us know if your business can accommodate interns or job shadowing.
Join our Committee! Help to plan and implement events, and recruit volunteers to be speakers, mentors or helpers. Time commitment: 2-3 hours a week for 2-3 weeks leading up to an event, typically one event per semester.
Committee Co-chairs: Baffelly Woo and Len Peters