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"Life is better under the sun"

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Heather and Troy came from Sunlife financial on May 15th. They came to St. Benedicts to talk to my English class about their jobs as financial planners. They talked about their jobs as financial planners. They talked about how they got to their positions. They both went to Conestoga College and they explained how they go meet with clients and try and help them with their financial situations, they talked about salary, vacation time, and how they get no maternity leave and Sunlife doesn’t give them benefits or pay them. They explained that they are each their own business under the Sunlife umbrella. I personally would not want to be a financial planner because to make money you have to get clients and your income all depends on the clients need and how many clients you have. I also would not like this job because it sometimes require you to work late or on weekends and you might not even get paid for doing it. Heather was a good public speaker but didn’t let Troy say much. The presentation could’ve been better by getting to the points faster because they rambled on a lot and they ran out of time. I also found it distracting that they were clearly dating or something because they flirted during the whole presentation.

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jamierodrigue's comment, June 5, 2012 11:58 AM
Good points! I think they are a couple -- I didn't think they were flirting. What makes you say this?
Elisha Kavanagh's comment, June 5, 2012 4:36 PM
I think they were flirting because they always looked at each other and commented on how they were going on vacation together and they just kept talking about each other :P
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Metal Works!

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Alex Andronache came to St. Benedicts May, 24th to talk to my English class and Ms.Cox’s grade 10 careers class. He had a boring presentation in my opinion. Alex talked more about his life and experiences than what his career entitles and what he does on a day to day basis. Alex also had very little time for questions because he talked the whole time and didn’t seem to enjoy being asked questions. He mostly tried to sell his school to us as opposed to talking about his personal career. He talked about how he went on tour with all kinds of bands back in the day and then opened a recording studio originally just for the band but it got expensive so they opened the studio to the public. Eventually Alex started a music school that specialized in studio entertainment.

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Big Splash hits St. Benedict's

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Carolyn Marsh came to St. Benedicts on Wednesday may 15th, 2012. She came to talk about her job as a Marketing Director with Bigeman’s. Carolyn had a great power point it was very entertaining. Carolyn went to Conestoga College, she worked at fun works when she was younger and loved it. When Carolyn finished college she was organizing all kinds of events like concerts, cd signings, meet and greats etc. Carolyn is now in charge of all the advertising, events, special guests, new attractions and more. She does it all alone she had to work on projects a year in advance she is already working on Christmas events. Carolyn is responsible for researching popular fads and makes them come to life at Bigeman’s. Carolyn makes all the advertising and is in charge of spreading the word about events and getting people to show up. Carolyn gave lots of information about her job, she mentioned vacation time; she is so busy its hard to take vacation but she does get 1 week of vacation a week but she has to plan ahead when she will take it because she has to be present for all her events and she has to meet all her due dates. This would be a very stressful job due to all the strict due dates.

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Todd O'Donnell - State Farm Agent in Cambridge, ON

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Todd O’Donnell came to our class on May 8th, 2012 to talk about his career. Todd is a state farm insurance agent; he owns a state farm agency on Robinson Dr. in Cambridge ON. Todd O’Donnell has a very busy life he is always working if someone’s house burns down at 3am he gets the call and he will personally go and make sure everyone is ok. The fact that he would get up at 3am and make sure his clients are ok is amazing, really shows he cares about his clients. Todd O’Donnell is a very lenient boss he lets his workers come in whenever as long as they are there for 9am two days a week. He also lets his employee’s write appointments and vacation on a calendar and they are allowed to go.

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John Ives has the Power

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John Ives from the Power Workers' Union came to St. Benedict's on Monday May 14 to speak about his job as a union representative and to talk about the trades and apprenticeships. John has been an electrician for a very long time, he saw many of his colleges die due to unsafe work practice, this made John join a power union since this power union there has been a drastic decrease in death rates in the field. John talked about loving his job; he showed real passion for it. John makes 6 digits working at his job this is because he has been there for many years he also gets 6 weeks of vacation. He talked about needing an apprenticeship to get into the field, and how the government pays you to go to school and some places pay you while you’re doing your apprenticeship. In 3 years you become a fully licensed electrician and the longer you work the more benefits you receive. I was extremely interested in John Ives presentation. This is because he was a good public speaker and talked about the interesting points of his job. I think John made almost everyone in the class consider becoming an electrician.

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Your Going Down!

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Constable Braden Hill came to St. Benedicts to talk to my English class on May 22nd, 2012. He came to talk about his job as a police officer. Braden talked about schooling he went to school in Sudbury, he talked about all the different tests required to become a police officer. He even talked about his schedule, wages, and vacation time. Police work shift work, you work 4 afternoons, 2 days off then 3 days (or the opposite 3 afternoons then 4 days) then you work 7 night shifts followed by 6 days off. Braden said “even though we get 6 days off it takes a couple days to get back on track, so you really only have 3 or 4 days off relaxing time off.” I personally thought braden gave the most entertaining presentation of the 7. He talked about different calls and how no day is the same; no 2 calls are ever the same. I really liked his uniform he had an awesome hat and badge. He also took a student volunteer and showed us how he uses his baton. I would not want to be a police officer because I would rather not want to be in those situations. Braden also explained how there are different titles you can have and the higher your title the more rewards you get (higher salary, more vacation time, etc).

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The Pursuit of Happyness

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CHRISTOPHER: Hey dad, you wanna hear something funny? There was a man who was drowning, and a boat came and the man on the boat said "Do you need help?" and the man said "God will save me". Then another boat came and he tried to help him but he said "God will save me", then he drowned and went to Heaven. Then the man told God, "God, why didn't you save me? And God said "I sent you two boats, you dummy!"

I like this quote because it happens in life all the time we miss out on little opportunities because were waiting for something bigger, but sometimes those little things can have more of an impact than the big thing. We can’t rely on someone else, we have to take initiative and make the things we want happen.

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jamierodrigue's comment, June 5, 2012 12:00 PM
So true!
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The Life Of A Firefighter

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Don and Kristen came to class on May 1st, they talked about their lives as firefighters. They talked about how much schooling it took to become firefighters, the benefits and disadvantages, wages, competition in the job market, the hours they work and what they do when there not fighting fires. Don and Kristen did a very nice presentation of their lives as firefighters.

 

Don and Kristen both had very different experiences becoming firefighters. They both talked about taking extra courses or different jobs in order to beef up your resume. Don and Kristen mentioned how hard it is to get a job like 100 applicants and they pick 3, so beefing up your resume is critical in order to make yourself stand out. Don and Kristen talked about loving their job and having a love for what they do, it’s their second family. The wages for firefighters don’t start out great they don’t make much but there is always room for promotion and as you work your way up the ladder you begin making more and more money. The hours are horrible you work 7, 24 hour days a month, you don’t get holidays off, or you work 12 hour day shifts every day or 14 hour night shifts every night and you rotate. You always work with the same crew. When Don and Kristen are at work they have many different jobs to do, they inspect the truck, they clean, cook, make  sure everything is ready for an emegency, or they work out (either in the gym or outside playing football or soccer.) A firefighter is a full time job takes up all your time, and you are always busy.

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jamierodrigue's comment, May 3, 2012 3:51 PM
Great, Elisha! Nice summary so far. I like how you included your opinion about the hours -- it would be horrible in many ways! The photo adds to your summary -- nice choice.