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02 | 23RD ROTARY CAREER SYMPOSIUM A nd doing that means getting students to start think- ing about what kind of career they'd like to pursue as early as possible. "We start promoting career readiness as early as Kindergarten," says Stargardter, a career development consultant for Manitoba Education who's worked in the field for 27 years. "It's a totally different approach." That approach — getting kids interested in a specific ca- reer sooner — involves developing self-awareness the mo- ment a child sets foot in a classroom. "We've written a curriculum in conjunction with 37 schools, career co-ordinators and teachers that's infused in all subject areas," she says. "It gets kids to ask questions like, 'who am I?', 'where's my place in the world?', 'what are my interests and skills?' and 'what does it mean to be employed?' These questions can be answered in every one of their classes." There's a primary reason why it's necessary to get kids thinking about a career as quickly as possible: the increasing complexity of the work world. With so many opportunities available in an ever-expand- As Manitoba Education's Ruth Stargardter sees it, it's her job to help school-aged kids get career-ready. Thinking about careers early BY TODD LEWYS Ruth Stargardter (left), Manitoba Education career development consultant, and Jackie Knight, Manitoba Education technology consultant. Photo by Jason Halstead

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