Career Day a glimpse into post-school world

Jobs: First-time event offers teens a chance to network with almost 60 companies and learn about professions.

February 22, 2004|By Amanda Ponko | Amanda Ponko,SUN STAFF

C. Milton Wright High School in Bel Air held its first Career Day last week.

The event in the school's gymnasium was intended to provide students with a better knowledge of professions, as well as the necessary education and training required for them.

Careers represented included pharmaceuticals, corporate finance, sports entertainment and geology.

Almost 60 companies gathered at the school Tuesday equipped with pamphlets, posters and samples of their work to interest ninth-, 10th- and 11th-graders.

Students filtered in and out of the exhibit from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. carrying worksheets requiring them to ask questions about at least four careers, including the educational requirements and skills necessary for each.

Susan Dael, a junior, said the event was helpful, though she remains undecided on a profession.

"It gives you a great idea of the different opportunities that exist," she said. "It could help to decide what you might want to major in."

The school's Parent Involvement Committee, a group created by parents to enrich the educational process, organized the event.

Diana Miller, a member of the committee and mother of sophomore Spencer Miller, said the idea for the event emerged a couple months ago when the group was brainstorming.

The event, she said, was intended to provide students with "an idea of how to approach gaining information about these careers."

Jason Bierly, a nurse at Upper Chesapeake Health, said he found the students to be enthusiastic and informed.

The response was "excellent," he said. "I think [the event] is a great idea. It's a good way to jump start their ideas for what to do after high school."

Vice principal Carlton Ford said about 1,500 students participated in Career Day.

"We definitely hope to continue this program," Ford said. "We'd like to get more employers and more careers. From here we can only improve."

Career Day was followed by College Night, which invited all Harford County students to check out dozens of colleges and universities from across the country. Among the institutions represented were North Carolina State University, Pennsylvania Culinary Institute, the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, and area schools such as Harford Community College and Towson University.

College Night began at 6 p.m. with a financial aid seminar. Students and their parents then visited college booths, where applications and other informational packets were available.

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