"I guess there is no excuse that you have, that you can't go out there and see what you're good at."
JA Southern Alberta has been educating the youth of Alberta in financial literacy, entrepreneurship and workplace readiness for over 50 years. This year, those same students got a chance to educate themselves on businesses such as broadcasting, costume design and tattoo artistry.
The event took place at the Badlands Community Facility on March 14th. High schools from Acme, Three Hills, Morrin, Delia, Hanna, Drumheller and surrounding areas attended World of Choices.
"The tattoo artist table was awesome to talk too. He gave us more hope in how we don't need to choose exactly what we need to do," explained Lan Reimer, a student who attended, "To just be passionate about what we want and I know that was something that spoke to a lot of us."
There were 30 career tables that students could choose from, where they would sit and absorb information for 15 minutes as well as ask any questions that may have come to mind.
"There is just an unlimited amount of work place skills and opportunities out there." Scott Martin continued, "I guess there is no excuse that you have, that you can't go out there and see what you're good at."
Throughout the sessions, where students gathered in groups to visit a total of six different career mentor, World of Choices has an internet game for the students to test their skills, lunch and refreshments.
"It's an awesome opportunity for our high school students from grades 10 to 12 to join local career mentors." Charity Vollmann, Organizer of World of Choices, says, "To chat about what their average day may look like in the jobs. What skills, experience or education they may need. It's a great opportunity for the kids to have a candied conversation with our local mentors, from multiple backgrounds."
This years focus was asked upon students in this unfinished sentence.
"The Future Is....."
Many students answered with, "This Future Is US."