Near the end of second term, Brentwood hosts Careers Day when alumni of all ages return to campus to speak about and shine a light on many different paths that are possible in university and beyond. From Hollywood set directors, to environmentalists, to social workers, Careers Day covers a wide variety of futures. “It was really inspiring to see what so many Brentwood alumni have done with their education” observed Haley H.
Every student picked two speakers to hear. I was fortunate enough to attend Hamish Purdy's presentation. Mr. Purdy is an accomplished set director who has worked on many famous movies throughout the years, including Mission Impossible and The Revenant. It was fascinating to hear his story and how he got to the place he is now. And this was only one of the many fascinating presentations throughout the day.
After the presentations, we moved to the Foote Centre where the Old Brentonians were set up in a ‘careers fair’. There we were able to ask them questions about their educations and careers while also receiving some great advice at the same time. It is very rare to be able to have so many well-educated people with such successful but very different backgrounds in one place at one time. This event benefits everyone in the school, from Grade 12s who are about to graduate to 9s who have many more years at the school and many more years to find their passion in what they will pursue. “Careers Day was interesting because of the variety of different speakers, as well as with their stories of how they reached where they are now” said Ben M.
After a morning of presentations, Brentwood hosted the annual Old Brentonian Awards in the Foote Athletic Center. The Brentonian Awards acknowledge alumni who have been successful throughout life and made a positive impact on the world. To receive this award is a great achievement and stands for work and passion that they have carried with them through life, not just in their daily jobs but with community, family and friends. It was a great honour to attend this ceremony and watch the three awards be given to Brentonians who were once in the place we are now.
Careers Day had a positive impact on me and I'm sure on many other students as well. I am grateful for all the speakers who took time out of their busy lives to come and share advice with us.
Noah H, Privett ‘19