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Career practitioner helping Fort Macleod, Claresholm students find their way

Christy Bazell

Christy Bazell (right), a career practitioner at Willow Creek Composite and F.P. Walshe schools, gave a presentation with students Josh Harder and Alex Willis to the Livingstone Range trustees.

Christy Bazell wants to help students figure out what they want to be when they grow up.
Bazell is a career practitioner working at Willow Creek Composite and F.P. Walshe schools.
Recently Bazell, along with students Josh Harder and Alex Willis, met with the Livingstone Range School Board.
Harder told trustees he started seeing Bazell in October.
“I really didn’t know what to expect,” Harder said.
Bazell eased Harder’s anxiety and led him through a survey of 200 questions. At the end it produced a list of possible careers.
Then Harder did some personality surveys and the results of those aligned with the results of the other survey.
“She sent me home with a whole bunch of resources,” Harder said.
Harder then began to pick possible careers.
Bazell asked for three and they looked into oceanography, microbiology and pharmacy.
They also looked at goals, and how those apply.
“It was nice because it was a no-pressure situation,” Harder said.
Over the November break Harder applied to schools. Since then, he has been accepted to the University of Lethbridge and Dalhousie University; and is awaiting his first choice, the University of Victoria.
After that, they looked at scholarships to help pay for school.
Willis knew all along what she wanted to do. In fact, she applied to the same course Bazell did, anthropology at the University of British Columbia.
Sometimes, students get caught up in staying near home or the same province.
“(Bazell) opened up the entire country for me,” Willis said.
They went on an archaeological dig together. Bazell found ways to help Willis outside the school, and helped with her applications.
“It was nice to have that support,” Willis said.
Bazell has an undergraduate degree, and is working on a master’s in how youth connect to employment.
Bazell’s role in schools is to assist students with course selection, career exploration and personality assessments.
Bazell also helps with university selection, recruiter presentations and scholarship information. job search.
Bazell helps students with resumes and cover letters, interview preparation and setting realistic goals.
The resources Bazell provides include personality assessments, transition and university application checklists, career cruising, the three-year course planner, scholarship booklets and various websites.
Bazell has been busy building relationships with Careers the Next Generation, career transitions, Red Crow College, Lethbridge College, the University of Lethbridge and has connected with all publicly-funded post-secondary institutions across Canada.
So far Bazell has had 218 students apply, brought 39 recruiters on campus and given 23 classroom presentations/workshops.
Bazell is also working closely with Walshe Crossroads Campus in Fort Macleod.
Bazell engages youth by working with teachers, having grad lunches, finding the places students go, participating in school-based activities, believing in them, giving them hope, creating back-up plans and easing their anxiety about the future.
“The principals have spoken very highly of the work Christy is doing,” associate superintendent of administrative services Darryl Seguin said. “And how it’s impacting students.”

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