—————————————————————Exposure to jobs helps students make career choices and shows them the skills employers want in action. EDUCATION–Take Our Kids to Work Day To give them that exposure Grade 9 students are visiting workplaces across the province today, Nov. 7, as part of Take Our Kids to Work Day. “Students are telling me they want good jobs that will allow them to work and stay at home,” said Education Minister Ramona Jennex. “No matter what their future plans are, experiencing a real workplace in their own community is a wonderful way to encourage career planning.” Kids and Learning First, the province’s plan to help every student succeed, links learning to the workplace to help prepare Nova Scotia students for good jobs and citizenship. In junior high and high school, students learn about career options, factors that influence career choices, and how to planfor a career. “I’m going to visit CSC Corporate Domains in Yarmouth because I’m interested in the registration of domain names online,” said André Cormier, a student from St. Mary’s Bay Academy in Weymouth. “My Dad works there and I think the experience will show me what I need to know about this field. Having this opportunity in Grade 9 is great because now I’ll be able to choose courses in high school that fit the description of the job.” Nova Scotia high school students now have the opportunity to learn more about career options in the classroom and in the community through programs such as co-op, Skilled Trades, Options and Opportunities, and the new Personal Development Credit. These programs help more students develop transferable skills such as problem-solving and a work ethic that employers are looking for.