‘Men as Career Coaches’ Brings Mentorship to Halton and Helps Inspire Informed Career Decisions
Finding your passion – in your career and in life – was the key message of the second annual Men as Career Coaches event, held on February 24, 2011.
Sean Aiken

​Keynote Speaker Sean Aiken.

​An audience of over 350 men – made up of adult career coaches and high school students – took part in the intergenerational mentoring event, organized by the Halton Industry Education Council (HIEC), that focuses on the belief that young men need access to adult role models who are willing to share their career pathways, encourage positive self-esteem and promote the goals and dreams of youth.

The event took place at the Burlington Convention Centre and welcomed attendees from across Halton and beyond. The program was capped off by keynote speaker Sean Aiken, author of The One-Week Job Project. After graduating from college and being unable to find a career that satisfied him, Sean traveled across North America experiencing 52 jobs in 52 weeks. He has since published a book about his experiences and released a full-length documentary.

“Sean Aiken was inspirational, interesting and funny,” said one student attendee. “His presentation taught me to never give up on my dreams.”

The informal and dynamic event offered both male high school students and adult men the opportunity to listen to many interesting and diverse speakers.

“What I did not expect was the impact the evening would have on me. I anticipated that I would be a part of an experience providing inspiration and guidance to young men, which it was. However, I felt that I gained as much inspiration and guidance from it myself,” said one career coach. “It not only inspired me to continue what I am doing, but I feel validated with my decisions.”

Attendees also took part in table discussions about career paths, personal heroes and life lessons.

"This event is extremely effective in helping students understand the ‘transitions’ that are out there before them," explained Cesare DiDonato, Curriculum Consultant with the Halton Catholic District School Board. "Through this event, HIEC provides our students with valuable sources of information to better help themselves onto the road to their future."

Established in 1989, as a not-for-profit organization, HIEC is a joint venture among industry, education and community partners in the Halton Region. HIEC's goal is to enhance career education and create the best opportunities for youth. To learn more, please visit the HIEC website.


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