We are two grade nine students, Tehjae and Jacob, and we’re guest blogging today at Stafflink.ca as part of Take Our Kids to Work Day.

Stafflink Take Our Kids to Work DayJacob’s dad has a cool job. As an IT recruiter he finds people that match the job descriptions that companies give to him. This job requires skills in both sales and computer technology. Today we found out that in Toronto’s IT field there are currently more jobs than candidates available, which is the opposite of what we expected.

Most kids our age, when you ask them what they want to be when they get older, say a doctor, a teacher, or that they don’t know. Today, we discovered many IT jobs that most people haven’t heard of because Jacob’s dad places a lot of different IT people. Some of those jobs include: Application developer, product manager and mobile developer. All of these jobs require experience and knowledge of programming but all the hard work pays off with a high salary.

If you want to get one of these jobs, it’s important to obtain experience, and there are different ways to do so. We noticed that the jobs that Jacob’s dad’s posts are usually for intermediate to senior level programmers which require about five years of experience and training. When someone is in university there are co-op programs that help you gain experience. Co-op allows you to enter the actual work place and sample cool IT jobs. Many universities have co-op programs available.

Coming to work here today was very interesting and informative. Both of us think that these are great jobs to pursue. We hope to come back soon.

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