SHSM Career Fair
Holy Cross Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM) in Information and Communications Technology students recently participated in a careers workshop. The “Breaking In: Starting a Career in Film and Media” workshop took place at Queen’s University’s Career Services in Gordon Hall. The workshop was part of The Kingston Canadian Film Festival that ran from Thursday, February 27th to Sunday, March 2nd, 2014.
|SHSM students Nicholas Vosburgh, Chad Lees ande Nick Kingam at the Careers Fair at at Queen’s University’s Career Services in Gordon Hall.|
SHSM students participate in “Reach Ahead” experiences that expose students to potential post-secondary school studies and career opportunities. HC students had the chance “first hand” to learn what it takes to make it in the film and media industry. Structured to allow for informal one-on-one and group conversations, students discovered the information they need to know. Students had the opportunity to speak with working professionals and discovered how to get a “foot in the door” in the media production industry. “Breaking In” was a chance for Crusaders to connect with professionals who have jobs they want – directors, producers, actors, editors, and more were in attendance.
SHSM student Chad Lees, who hopes to pursue a career in radio, reports "The experience of learning about breaking into a career in the media industry was amazing. I had the privilege to speak with Richard Goddard, the producer of CBC Radio's “Q” with Jian Ghomeshi. He provided great insight into the media industry and had interesting and informative stories to tell about his job and work on a daily basis. It was a great event to be a part of!"
SHSM Student Claudia Pawlak relates, "It was a really inspirational experience. I got the chance to meet Richie Mehta, director of the film Siddharth, and ask questions about the competition between American and Canadian directors. It was a great insight into the world of competitive film making."
SHSM student Andrew Hurt met director Brent Nurse of “Out for a Rip” fame and Matthew Johnson director of “The Dirties”. Andrew shares, “Learning inside the classroom is great, but actually being able to converse with people that are part of the same field that you want to go into, not only gave me insight on what it takes to be a part of the media industry but also of the media industry as a whole. It's very inspiring to hear from members of the Com Tech industry, that I look up to, tell us of how at one point they were once in the same position we are now in as students. To hear the steps that they took, and that we can take, to reach the same place that they are now in as a working professional, is amazing."
Specialist High Skills Majors let students focus on a career path that matches their skills and interests while meeting the requirements of the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD). Students receive the SHSM's special red seal on their diploma when they complete a specific bundle of courses in the student's selected field, earn valuable industry certifications including first aid and CPR qualifications, and gain important skills on the job with employers. Interested students should contact Mr. Esford in Room 218 for additional information.