Students check out options at Langham Career Day

Greg Blocka of Dalmeny gives students a first-hand account of what it’s like to be a pilot during an information session at WW Brown School in Langham on December 15

Students from Langham, Dalmeny and Borden scoped out potential career paths during a day-long session at WW Brown School in Langham recently.
Every two years since 2011, students in Grades 9 through 12 are given the opportunity to learn about careers and post-secondary courses.
The career day features presentations by many young professionals who are former students at WW Brown School, Borden School and Dalmeny High School. It also provides universities and other post-secondary institutions an opportunity to showcase their programs and courses.
This year marks the first time Dalmeny High School students have taken part in the career day, noted Terry Chalifour, a teacher at WW Brown School and a key organizer of the event.
“It’s a great experience not just for the students, but also for the young professionals who are now out in the workforce, to be able to come back to their former school and talk to the kids about what they can look forward to,” said Chalifour in an interview at the school during the event December 15. “This morning we had probably six or seven former students in the lobby before the first session, all talking about old times.
“Not that they were all in the same grade together, but they all went to the same school at roughly the same time, so there are a lot of shared memories.
“It’s pretty special because they have a connection with the community, with the school, and with the students.”
Greg Blocka of Dalmeny, a flight instructor with Saskatoon-based Millennium Aviation, said the career fair is a good opportunity for companies to attract young talent.
“These students are the future,” said Blocka. “We’re hoping to interest them in a future with our company.”
Chalifour said about 200 students from the three schools took in the career day. They had a choice of 19 presenters offering 20-minute “mini-sessions” in the morning and afternoon. In the middle of the day, universities and colleges outlined their programs during a 45-minute information session.
He noted that every room in the school is utilized for the sessions during the day.
Volunteers with School Community Councils from Dalmeny, Borden and Langham collaborated in providing lunches and snacks for the students and presenters.
Chalifour said he’s hoping the career day tradition continues at the school after he steps away from it at the end of January.
“It’s a great event,” said Chalifour. “The support we get from the volunteers and the community is fantastic. It’s a great collaborative effort by a lot of people.”