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Explore Your Future

Career insights from local experts

Now more than ever, making career decisions can be overwhelming.

Explore Your Future brings local students, parents, and industry professionals together to share insight into various career paths and help youth clarify their next steps.

After participating:

86% feel more confident about their (or their child’s) future career choices

87% have a stronger understanding of how career options fit with their interests

100% of exhibitors would recommend this opportunity to other companies

How it works

Explore Your Future was started as a career expo in 2017, free to local parents and students. The event has doubled in size year over year, most recently connecting almost 1000 students and parents to over 75 employers and community organizations.

Due to the covid-19 pandemic, Explore Your Future is currently being redeveloped for a virtual format in 2021. You can receive updates by subscribing to our newsletter, or express interest in getting involved by submitting the contact form at the bottom of this page.

Upcoming Events

Waterloo Region’s 4th Annual Explore Your Future career expo

Explore Your Future is an annual, interactive career expo which brings students, parents, and educators together with local businesses to better understand career options that exist in Waterloo Region.

Venue

Date:Date and Time TBD

Location:Virtual

Details: Thanks to the contributions of our sponsors and exhibitors, Explore Your Future is FREE for participants. Registration is required.

Exhibitors: Registration link coming soon.

Participants: Registration link coming soon.

The electrical engineer my son and I spoke with at WalterFedy was great. The openness for sharing why he chose the field, high school classes that he took, why he loves his job, and the opportunities sparked excitement. My son left that conversation and said ‘this is what I want to do.’

—Parent

I learned that there are so many more options that what I previously thought there was.

—Student

Talking to professionals in the field and making those connections at such a young age is so beneficial . It also helped me as a parent to understand my daughter’s needs and wants more so that I can assist her more effectively.

—Parent

We recommend the event to anyone in high school or grade 7-8. The number of employers that came out to the event was very impressive. Representatives were knowledgeable and helpful. We learned a lot from them.

—Parent and Student

We were most impressed by the knowledgeable staff of various organizations and businesses who shared their enthusiasm with us. We talked to a number of employers and organizations who showed a real interest in us and shared their experience with coop students and educational backgrounds required.

—Parent

Not only is it a good networking opportunity to gain some shine on your own business but it is also rewarding to know you are able to reach out to the younger generation.

—Lidia PinedaInsurance Broker, Staebler Insurance

It is a great way to influence tomorrow’s workforce and present the benefits of your careers to youth and their parents.

—Bruce FraserDirector of HR, Steelcraft

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