30 'living books' attend the event to speak with small groups 5-7 students at a time. Students were able to meet with four career experts during the event.
The following careers were represented:
Substance Abuse Counsellor
Computer Security Consultant
Military Communications Officer
Real Estate Agent
Electrician Station Maintenance
Hair Stylist/Salon Owner
Here are a collection of student responses:
-"It was a journey."
-"I had no idea of what job I wanted to do because I really had no information about each occupation. I felt that the human library really helped me understand and decide for me which jobs are for me and not for me. I loved it."
-"The workers had alot of enthusiasum."
-"I learned about careers I normally wouldn't have considered for myself."
-"The most meaningful was learning about why people loved their careers so much that made them want to live their lives doing that certain career everyday."
-"I learned alot actually. I asked every question and have the gist of what I want to become."
-"I learned that those jobs were not for me."
-"Talking to adults who were passionate about their careers was the most meaningful part."
-"It was great to have all the gr. 10's to be together in the gym."
-"I learned that you have to work hard for what you want."
-"I learned that life is awful and that I never want to start working."
-"The most meaningful thing was the honesty the people showed."
-"To be happy in your career is the most important part."
-"Seeing how many jobs there are and how each job reflects the rest of the world."
-"Do what you really want to do. No regrets, just go with it and work hard!"
-"The most meaningful part of the day was that these people took time out of their busy days to talk to us."
-"Even if you are well-trained, it doesn't necessarily mean you're going to get hired right away and you have to keep trying and training."
-"I got to ask lots of questions about careers that I had doubts about."
-"Not only was my career, hilarious, he taught me to reach for my dreams and to start as soon as I can."
-"I learnt how and what kind of stress comes with a certain employment and which high school courses would be mandatory for this career."
-"The human library can help you find your dream career."
-"It was really fun and I learned alot about my career pathway."
-"I will strongly value speaking to others who will help me reach my goals."
-"I learned to take advantage of my education because without it I won't be successful."
-"It was great that we were able to hear about how the books got to where they ar. It opened my eyes that in order for me to get where I want to be, I must work harder."
-"I learned about how to handle stress in a healthy way."
-"Having people come in an explain what they do in their jobs gives a better insight than reading about it in a book."
-"These people helped me think more about my future."
-"Meeting all of those amazing people was the most meaningful part of the experience."
-"I learned that you need to start early for jobs. You can't wait till the last minute because alot of jobs take alot of preparation."
-"Getting an intimate discussion with the person about their career and life was most meaningful."
-"I learned that education is important but people skills are important too."
-"That you need determination and dedication for a career."
-"Even though it was a short time, the one on one conversations were the most meaningful."
-"I learned about things I wouldn't be able to find out through research."
-"I learned that it is best to make connections with people now, so that it is easier to get into the job industry you want."
-"I learned that to become any career, it takes alot of effort."