On February 16th, AISB hosted 25 professionals to talk to 10th graders about what they do for a living.
Airline pilots, engineers, filmmakers, UN representatives, journalists, designers, dentists and environmentalists were just some of the careers represented. Students were able to choose four presentations to attend, and learned about the ins-and-outs of the different careers. Here are some of the questions that the High School Counseling and Alumni Relations teams sent to guests in order to prepare:
- What did your career journey look like?
- What did you study at university? What were the courses required for your present work?
- What do you love about your work? What do you find most rewarding in the work you do?
- What do you perceive as challenges to your work?
- What do you believe are three main characteristics one needs to be successful at the work you do?
- What’s a typical work day for you?
- What subjects or experiences influenced your career choice?
- What advice do you have for students interested in your career?
- How did other non academic related activities impact you or your career choice? i.e. athletics, activities, service to the community?
Alumni and Yearbook Coordinator Salwa Patricia Khalil started the program in 2015, as part of AISB’s Alumni Relations and Engagement program. “Our aim was to help Grade 10 students learn about different career fields from former students,” she says. “It’s important to offer them this experience before they make their subject selections for the Diploma Program.”
Tenth graders will select their DP subjects next week, and Grade 10 Team Leader Misha Houriez hopes that this experience “will enable students to think about their futures and to make more informed choices regarding their course selection for their final two years in high school.” She adds that “It’s also an opportunity to learn about jobs that, maybe, students haven’t thought about before.”
Grade 10 student Adelya M. attended the event and says, “It gave me hope that I can actually do something.” She laughs, then says in all seriousness, “This is an overwhelming time, and it’s hard to know what we can do with our lives.”
The Diploma Program is no joke, as Maya T.’s article “IBDP: What are we getting ourselves into” will tell you. Khalil and co-organizers Houriez and High School Counselors Oddny Bakke and Tim Battersby agree that this is just one step in providing support and aiding in decision making.
Some of this year’s highlights, according to Khalil, were “Mr. Radu Florescu, AISB Alumnus from 1968, CEO South East Europe for Centrade Cheil, and a pioneer of the Romanian advertising industry, who spoke to students about his long and successful career as an industry leader. We were also honored to have Mr. Eduardo Yrezabal, the Representative in Romania of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees; the stories he shared about his work and passion for helping others throughout an impressive career struck chords with students and faculty alike.”
A big thank you to the organizers and the alumni and guests who took the time to support AISB students. Tenth grade student Jade M. says that it was particularly nice to talk to alumni “since they’ve been in the same situation as us. To see the process that they’ve gone through to get where they are today…it’s inspirational.”