Our Future Looks Bright
You so often hear criticism today about our youth and many describe them using adjectives like entitled, lazy or overinflated.
However, in my role as campus recruiting manager for Vector Marketing Canada, I see first-hand on a daily basis students who are ambitious, hard-working, passionate and have a thirst for learning and self-development.
Another organization that does a tremendous job in growing future leaders is DECA Inc. Vector Marketing Canada has been a sponsor of DECA Ontario for many years, and I have a great deal of confidence in our future leaders when I meet and interact with these fine students.
The DECA Ontario website states that: “More and more schools are recognizing DECA as a great way for students to get prepared for ‘the real world.’ Students are mentored by our strongest leaders and guided by our most supportive corporate and community sponsors enabling them with the motivation, skills, and education they need to pursue a line of business. DECA fearlessly dives into a world beyond textbooks through role-plays, community projects, leadership programs, and international networking.”
These students, some who are just freshmen in high school, are putting on suits, practicing their presentations and participating in case competitions on their own time, knowing that they are separating themselves from their peers. I love that DECA Ontario promotes the spirit of Demonstrating Excellence and Celebrating Achievement.
DECA students are inquisitive and have a true love for business and entrepreneurship. I am continually amazed by the detailed plans and goals they have formulated for their futures. I thank the teachers who give their time to this organization and help students see that business and sales can be cool. They recognize that the ability to eloquently present and defend an idea is invaluable, regardless of the students’ career path.
It is reassuring to see that so many students have the opportunity to gain first-hand insight into business through the experiential learning that takes place in DECA. I have excitement and confidence knowing these students will be some of our future leaders!
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