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Career Swap

Name: John Horn

Organization: ThePotentiality.com (Vancouver, BC)

Summary: Our idea to showcase the value of Career Practitioners is called Career Swap. Here is what Career Swap looks like: http://bit.ly/1cBTw2k.

Career Swap blends early intervention, entertainment and community engagement by combining career development, experiential learning and reality television to engage youth aged 10-15 in meaningful career conversations and share their stories with the world.

Project Description: A Filmmaker and a Career Practitioner collaborate to organize “Career Swap Experiences” and document the process. Our goal is to film and share 20 unique Career Swap stories per year. Elementary and high school students are motivated to participate because they receive course credit as well as $500 invested in a Registered Education Savings Plan (RESP). Professionals from sectors across Canada are motivated to participate because they receive a wage subsidy from the Canadian government.

For students and professionals alike, the three parts of Career Swap are experience, reflection and storytelling. The student learns from the workplace and then the professional learns from the school. The career practitioner helps them make meaning of their shared experience. Finally, the student and professional tell their stories and recommendations to stakeholders from government, education, business, and, through our web series or TV show, the public.

Career Development is in the spotlight!

Perceived Impact: Blending fiery, entertaining and, at times, semi-ridiculous reality-tv-style storytelling, this project will engage audiences who are not typically reached by Canada’s career practitioners. By focusing on non-linear career paths, building on the cross-pollination of dozens of professionals, students and their communities intersecting, and – most importantly – by putting career practitioners in the spotlight of these performances, Career Swap will get people talking about how career development matters to Canadians.

To really assess the impact, just watch our video: http://bit.ly/1cBTw2k.

28 Responses

  • 1
    Guest

    Well done, John. This has the potential to make career conversations with high school aged kids cool – what a concept!

  • 1
    Guest

    Great idea! And very well put together video. It really helped to gain understanding of your idea to be able to view the video.

    • 13
      Guest

      Sarah.

      I know how busy you are and really appreciate how you took time out of your schedule to support this idea.

      Thanks so much!

      Kind regards,

      John

  • 1
    Guest

    John,

    Brilliant idea!!!! If this program can be funded and available for mass usage across Canada, career practitioners would not just be in the spotlight, but become stars to many young Canadians. Good luck!

    • 13
      Guest

      Robert.

      Agreed, we really like how our Big Idea makes career development “edutaining” – in fact, we think it is likely that many of the participants will want to become career practitioners after they participate in the experience!

      Thanks very much for your support and your kind words.

      Kind regards,

      John

  • 1
    Guest

    well done and well thought out!!! Exposing youth to the “ecosystem” of a given career path is so important to break existing traditional stereotypes of given career paths where the reality is far more vast and encompassing in many career options. The value of a co-invested partnership with youth and professionals will definitely show huge benefits!!!! Congrats to you all for creating an amazing initiative!!

    cheers,

    • 1
      Guest

      Thanks Ketih,

      Appreciate it, especially coming from someone in post-secondary who sees the need for career exploration.

    • 13
      Guest

      Thanks so much, Keith.

      We love the idea of creating a bit of a reality TV buzz about career development, too. This would help us access some populations that don’t normally chat about career practitioners.

      Your support is much appreciated.

      Kind regards,

      John

  • 1
    Guest

    A very creative and thoughtful idea. I like how you intergrated both youth and community involvment in career development. Good Luck John!!!

    • 13
      Guest

      Thanks very much, Rosalyn.

      It’s important to bring communities together.

      We appreciate your support!

      Kind regards,

      John

    • 13
      Guest

      Much appreciated, Emil.

      I give my collaborator, Kurt, all of the credit for making our video look so nice.

      We will happily share future projects with the career practitioner community.

      Kind regards,

      John

  • 1
    Guest

    Love the idea! My career path is pretty linear, but I think it would really help shatter some of the glamour/myths shows like Greys create!

  • 13
    Guest

    Your career is ever evolving, my friend!

    And, if the past and present are any indication, great things will be happening for you in the future, too!

    – J

    • 13
      Guest

      Thanks very much for the support, Lesley.

      We’re proud of the video and like how it captures our Big Idea!

      Kind regards,

      John

  • 1
    Guest

    What an exciting endeavor – career mentoring, mutual experiential style – “with a soul”. Likin’ it. All the best!