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At A Glance: Career Day 2024

This month, St. Michael’s College School (SMCS) celebrates the 20th anniversary of Career Day, an interactive, experiential learning opportunity for Grade 11 students. The event provides students with a chance to hear from and interact with seasoned professionals across various industries.

SMCS Career Day guest speaker Rob Nickerson speaking with Grade 11 students
Rob Nickerson also spoke with Grade 11 students on Career Day in 2023.

“This year, we will continue our efforts to enhance opportunities for our students to engage with our Career Day professionals in smaller settings, fostering more meaningful discussions,” says Dr. Daniel Lumsden ’96, Community Engagement and Learning Lead. “It’s a wonderful opportunity to educate and expose our students not only to traditional professions but also to gain a sense of the many diverse and future-focused opportunities.”

The event is scheduled for Tuesday, January 30 and will kick off with a morning session led by keynote speaker Rob Nickerson – an actor, writer, producer, and teacher best known as a pioneer in using improvisation as a teaching tool in non-traditional applications.

“We are excited to welcome Rob back for a second year. He’s a high-energy and extremely interactive, improv-based speaker who will set the tone for an engaging and enlightening student-focused experience,” says Lumsden. “Rob’s unique approach to learning has helped thousands of professionals maximize their creative and collaborative potential with the skills and techniques learned through improvisation.”

Students interacting with each other during SMCS Career Day.

In the afternoon session, students will have the chance to interact with more than ten professionals from diverse fields, including medicine, performance coaching, arts, technology, business, and more. This segment features a moderated fireside chat with guest speakers and 10-minute speed rounds where students, in small groups, can engage with professionals in their respective fields.

Confirmed guests include:

Michael McCarthy ’88 – CEO and Executive Advisor
Beth McCharles – Mental Performance Consultant – Coach
Jan McCharles – Television Director
Luke Geiger ’19 – Investment Banking Analyst
Joseph Cattana ’13 – Transaction Manager
Stefan Calabrese ’11 – Music/Entertainment: Events Marketing and Strategy
Shassha Austin – Manager, Learning & Development
Cristian Cugini ’18 – Staff Accountant
Khaleel Washington ’11 – Apple/External Image Consultant
Elliot Mayhew ’10 – Chiropractor
Marlon Majdoub – Sales Director

SMCS Career Day guest speakers during a fireside chat in 2023.

“Our goal with Grade 11 Career Day is to provide students with a better understanding of the professional world and encourage them to think critically about their own interests and goals,” adds Lumsden. “We aim to offer an enriched opportunity that inspires students to envision a successful and fulfilling future as they continue their academic journey.”

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