During the typical career day students are given a real-life experience of a particular job in order to help them decide if this is something they would like to pursue as a career. Can a 40-something also have career days?
During the past 10 days, through “helping out” I have also had real-life experience of three different occupations, namely janitorial work at a school, delivery work in my neighbourhood and assembly production of wooden skids. These tasks are not part of contemplating a career change, but I certainly learned a thing or two:
- I have a greater appreciation for those who clean public spaces. There is a dignity in removing dirt and making things sanitary, even if it is often overlooked.
- I now know what it’s like for my children to deliver flyers three days per week after school. It takes time, and when people have not shoveled their sidewalks it is a challenge to push or pull the cart. Letter carriers face some of the same issues, day in and day out.
- Constructing a useful product to raise money for my son’s school beats selling something that nobody wants to buy (overpriced chocolate bars, magazine subscriptions, etc.). Working in a team atmosphere made it enjoyable too!