Atypical Careers Workshop
Our Atypical Careers workshop was on Monday March 8th. The purpose of this workshop was to expose Black youth to some careers they have not have heard of before. The panelist consisted of individuals from the following career paths- Speech-Language Pathology, Medical Technology, Research, Law, and Opticianry. The names and organizational titles of the panelists were as follows:
Profession: Speech-Language Pathologist - Founder and CEO of Dynamic Therapy.
Organizational Title: Treasurer, NBASLH
Profession: Speech-Language Pathologist - Public School Setting
Organization Title: Parliamentarian, NBASLH and NBASLH Cares Committee Chair
Stephanie Fenech, MLT, BTech, MHI
Profession/Title: Medical Laboratory Technologist at St. Michael’s Hospital as a Medical Technical Specialist--Routine Hematology
Profession/Organization Title: Researcher at Pathways to Care (underBlack Health Alliance)
Profession/Title: Licensed Paralegal, Founder and Director at Ontario Association of Black Paralegals (OABP), Director at Legal Aid Ontario Board
Profession: Registered Optician
Organizational Title: Founder/Owner of Eyerie
Each panelist shared their educational and career background which included their previous roles and experiences that contributed to their current career. Here are some of the recurring major themes found throughout the panelists’ stories.
Study something you are passionate about! Don’t go into a certain area of study because of pressure from other people like your parents or friends. At the end of the day, you are the one who is going to have to do the work!
You don’t have to have it all figured out right now. Many of the panelists ended up in a career that they didn’t envision themselves in at the beginning of their post-secondary journey. Some even had prior careers! Change in life is inevitable and it’s important to become comfortable in new situations, especially if you don’t think something is working out for you.
Use your voice where you can! Oftentimes, it can be hard to speak up when you are alone and just starting out in your career. If you don’t have support or see areas for improvement, try to build those supports for yourself and others! One of our panelists is the founder of the Association of Black Paralegals (OABP). It was only when she started this that she recognized how much of a need there was for this safe space.
Make time for self-care. You can’t pour from an empty glass! Listen to your body and ensure that you are taking the time to recharge when you need it.
As a high school student, it can sometimes feel like you need to have your whole future planned out by the time you graduate. All of the BOLD executives can tell you that this isn’t always the case! Where you are right now is where you’re meant to be!
We thank all of our panelists and attendees for coming out! We hope to see you at our Interview Skills workshop on Monday March 22nd where you will have the chance to practice some interview questions. See you there!
The BOLD Team