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BISS Hosts 4th Annual Career Awareness Week

March, 2014

biss-career-awarenessBeijing BISS International School (BISS) hosted its 4th annual Career Awareness Week for Grade 9, 10 and 11 students from 3 to 7 March.

The first day was dedicated to Career Workshops. This involved the entire grade 9, 10 and 11 students attending four different workshops of their choice during the morning. The workshop presenters came from a wide range of professionals in different fields and companies. The main purpose was for students to be exposed to successful people who have followed very different career paths in many different walks of life. 
All of the workshops were excellent, with a variety of hands-on activities, PowerPoint presentations and informal discussions. The workshop sessions were kept deliberately small so that there was plenty of opportunity for students to ask questions.
"It was so inspiring and helped me to think of things in a very different way!”, "The message I came away with is to follow your passions", "Even though your dream may not come true, there is always another path" and "Success is whatever you want it to be," were just some of the comments from participating students.
For the remainder of the week, all Grade 9 & 10 students will go to "work" instead of coming to school. They will have four days of work experience. This week you can find BISS students in bakeries, veterinary clinics, construction sites, restaurants, hotels, graphic design studios, T-ara Cosmetics, hospitals, farms, Elizabeth Koch Millinery, English & Korean Academies and other places of work. The students will experience a taste of what life is like in the "real world."  They will have different working hours and responsibilities. For some, this experience will give them inspiration and goals to aim for. For others, it will be confirmation of a path they do not wish to pursue. Both scenarios are equally valuable. 
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