3 Great Opportunities to Network and Learn More About Business

Business is a subject that sparks an interest in many young people, especially high school students looking for careers to pursue in post-secondary. But the term, business, can be confusing because many people do not know about the several fields it involves. 

If you’re wondering how you can learn about these fields? Or how to know which one is the best fit for you? Make sure to pay close attention to the following resources. 

In Canada, a number of companies offer programs for high school students to get involved in their communities, network with professionals and use their creativity to create new products and services. Here are 3 of the biggest organization programs available for you:

#1. CPA Ontario’s HAP (High School Ambassador Program)

This free program offered by the Chartered Professional Accountants organization allows students with an interest in accounting to learn about the CPA designation and participate in their famous No Limits conference. Students from different areas in the country can network with CPAs and partake in their InstaChallenge, CPA Showcase or their Write to Ignite essay competition to win money prizes.

#2. DECA Program

DECA competitions are designed by this non-for-profit organization to prepare future leaders and entrepreneurs for careers in marketing, finance, hospitality and management. They help students implement class content by finding solutions to real life business cases that companies face on a daily basis. Their competitions also come in different levels, regionals, provincials, nationals and the ICDC (International Career Development Conference). 

Their programs are specifically designed for 2 different groups: high school students and post-secondary students. Note that their competitions are not free, but there are many opportunities for you to learn new content, skills, win scholarships, network with professionals and meet individuals from the US, Canada, Guam, Puerto Rico and Germany. 

#3. Junior Achievement Canada 

This global non-for-profit organization offers free programs which focus on teaching both elementary and high school students about business. Some of their services include webinar series and online courses about personal finance, the trades and how to start your own business. 

On the other hand, they also offer hands-on learning programs. These include online competitions exclusively made for high school students all over Canada with a potential to win scholarships. For example: the Investment Strategies Program or the JA Titan Challenge. Last but not least, valuable skills can be gained by joining the JA Company Program: an 18 week after school entrepreneurship program where students join groups to start and run their own business with guidance from professionals. 

These are only 3 of the many programs you can be a part of. For more information make sure to visit their websites and find out if your school has a DECA club or partnerships with these organizations. Talk to your teachers, get engaged, and if your school doesn’t have any, introduce them yourself. Remember that by taking this first step you not only gain skills and knowledge yourself but you can also help other students experience such opportunities as well.