Well, that sure was some year…
The whole world was facing new challenges when we came back to work in August, so we had no idea how we would move forward to deliver our career exploration programming or what obstacles were ahead. However, after a few meetings with our awesome industry and post-secondary partners, a plan fell into place.
First, we jumped on the Zoom bandwagon. Although many people were “zoomed out,” we found that delivering our programming virtually had some positives. We welcomed students and classes from across the province to our events and shared the recordings so those unable to attend the live event could still hear the information. We were also able to partner with industry and post-secondary representatives from across the province to help share their info. We are hopeful students, teachers, and parents continue to access the recorded events housed on our Spotlight on Careers pages.
There were a few bumps along the road. As classes needed to isolate and schools went to blended learning, we found it more challenging to share our events with students. We also missed the opportunity for hands-on engagement for students at our events. However, we looked for new ways to connect and engage, such as increasing our social media presence and creating career-focused videos that we shared on our website and YouTube page.
With our world now revolving around technology, our team also developed new skill sets including creating our monthly Programming Update Videos. We had a few laughs making these videos and thought we would share a few of the clips that did not make it into the final cut with our year end outtakes video, enjoy!
Moving forward, we cannot wait to get back to hosting in-person events, visiting schools, and connecting with students to help them with their career journey. Blending these experiences with our new online content will help us connect with as many students as possible from across our province. As with everyone, we have no idea what the future holds, but we are sure we will continue to offer programming with the needs of our students at the forefront.
Have a great summer!
The SIEC Team