Career Day

This blog post is relating to the bring your kid to work in November, where I got the chance to visit and spend a day at someone work.

Name of your host: Nicole Bourbonnais (Clarke)

Relation to me: Mother


What is your job title? – Librarian at an elementary school level

What is your job description? – She teaches grade 1 to 5 for library and digitally literacy. 

What are the duties and/or tasks you perform at your job?  – The main duty is to allow teachers to have a prep by taking their class for library and digitally. There she teaches the kids about different aspects of technology like safe online and coding. Also when giving them the knowledge surrounding reading and books. Another task she has is to keep the library organized and neat for the school, by putting the books back after either the students or teachers took them out. She also helps the students choose books of their interest. 

What qualifications do you have for this job in the following areas:

  1. Training? When she wanted to become a teacher, she starting by going to university for education. After that, she got training by being a student teacher at a middle school in North Van. 
  2. Education? She got her Bachelor’s degree and Master’s degree in education when going to university. She took a business degree as well.
  3. Experience? She started teaching when she was in her mid-twenties and have been teaching ever since. So, she has about 20+ years of experience under her belt.
  4. Skills and attributes (personal qualities)? My mom is very organized and puts a lot of time making the space she works too. She is patient, kind and also very caring for everyone she works with and teaches.

What are some of the things you like about your job? – The best thing she finds about her job is getting to share knowledge with the students and making a difference in their life. She also really likes being able to share the power of reading and helping kids discovered their love for it. One of thing she likes about her job is being able to work and help so many different kids.

What are some things you dislike about your job? – One thing she does not like about her job is spending too much time at work, and not having time to spend with her family.

Student reflections: 

Give three reasons why you would like this job – I think that I would really enjoy this job for the ability to help shape the kids of the future. Another part of this job that I particularly like is being able to have the weekends, summers, and holidays off to spend with my loved ones. From listening to my mom, I know that the day would never be boring, so that would be interesting for me. My last reason is that I can constantly learn new things when also teaching.

Give three reasons why you would not like this job – I would need to put a lot of my time into grading and marking students work, well also making sure that I am being fair. The whole process of writing report cards seems to be way too long and tiresome as a whole. If I was not to understand something, I would not like to have to give stupid in front of the class of students.

Is this job for you? Why or why not? – For the longest time I wanted to be a teacher, as both my parents are, however at this point in my life I don’t have the want to be one. I think it is because I am not the best at being calm with a super large amount of people, let alone a bunch of children. I am also looking to have a bit different of a job to the majority of people in my family. However, maybe one day in the future I will be a teacher. 

Explain the value of the TOKTW experience in relation to your ideas about your post-secondary plans – I think the best value of this TOKTW experience is that as a high school student do not have a solid plan for post-secondary. So being able to explore different opportunities for jobs is very important to me. Also having ways to try out jobs is a cool and another way of having a learning experience.


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