Today’s Editorial March 02: Take a kid to work

Parents, grandparents, uncles and aunts are being asked to take their children, nieces, nephews or other youngsters with them to work Friday.

It’s part of the Women’s Resource Centre’s initiative to get young people inspired in the workplace and awaken career possibilities.

The day is more about going to the office with an adult and seeing how they spend their day.

As adults we face the challenge of balancing work, family, community and personal responsibilities every day.

In the balancing act of life and work we have to make decisions of whether to work late, when it’s OK to leave work early to pick up a sick child from school or attend a school play, or provide the best care for a sick parent or relative.

Our kids don’t see the choices we’re faced with.

As far as they’re concerned, we leave the house in the morning, travel to a building, do some kind of activity and return home.

Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day lets youngsters see that work in the adult world involves much more than just plopping behind a desk and drinking coffee on a daily basis.

Once the day is over, those who took a youngster to work are encouraged to sit down with them and discuss the challenges of daily life.

It is hoped that the programme will also enforce in them the notion that the education they are receiving in school is invaluable.

Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day is intended to be more than just a career day. It’s a life lesson day.

Companies that have agreed to take part in the day are to be commended.

We hope that those companies have put together a strategy in how to successfully engage the students. The day isn’t one set aside for baby sitting purposes.

Employees in all departments should be willing to give up a few minutes of their day to explain and possibly demonstrate what they do.

The programme has been in place since 2003 in the United States. It is an offshoot of the 1993 initiative, Take Our Daughters to Work Day.

A poll in 2002 in the US found that 79 per cent of the participants in the 1993 programme said it helped them see connections between school and the working world. More than half, 60 per cent, said it increased their interest in education and 57 per cent said it influenced their decision to go to college or a professional school.

That statistics support the programme.

Now it’s time for parents, guardians, family, friends and businesses to show support.

Take a kid to work Friday. His or her future could depend on it.

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