Of course you know the importance of helping students identify their passions and find their career calling. But have you thought that your students might be interested in a career in the horticulture and landscape industry? Do you have students with mathematical and analytical skills, creativity, environmental awareness, technological savvy, love for the outdoors and a desire to work with their hands? If so, Green Careers might be the perfect fit – and we need your help to educate them and help them explore the opportunities available.
After graduation, students will move away to study at colleges and universities all over the country. You and your students should check out a list of education institutions that offer degrees in the horticulture and landscape industry in every province.
To help you introduce Green Careers to your students, we can help you find professionals in the landscape industry to attend a career fair or set up a job shadowing opportunity to teach students first-hand what the industry is all about. Contact us to find a professional in your area.
Also, if you have questions for experts about any facet of nursery and landscape career paths, you can tap their knowledge anytime by joining our Teachers Discussion Group.
Career Tips to give Students:
- Identify interests. Research shows that people are more satisfied with their career choice if it is based on their interests rather than salary.
- Consider their educational budget and potential outcome, as well as their interests so that they will be better prepared for success after high school.
- Be non-judgmental. Make suggestions about jobs, skills, trades or careers – but let your student be the ultimate judge of what’s best.
- Help your student write a resume and cover letter. If you’re not a “resume pro” yourself, help them find samples online or from your local library.
- Find an internship, job shadow or apprenticeship opportunity. It’s very beneficial for them to get in the trenches and see what a career in the landscape industry is all about. There’s no better way to discover if a career is for you than to try it on for size!