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March 22, 2013

Choices

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Last night I went to a high school career fair as a representative for ESL teachers.  When I walked into the transformed gymnasium where the fair was being held, I was amazed at how many white signs with different color pom poms there were.  A plethora of careers were grouped according to various categories to help students narrow down their choices to certain fields.  Then, each career within the category had a sign to identify the specific profession.  There are so many choices these days for kids!  I would recommend for any high school, or even middle school, student to attend one of these fairs with their parents.  The choices we all have for a career can be overwhelming, but they may stumble upon a career field that they are interested in but were not aware of prior to attending an event such as this.

Many of the professions had hands on demonstrations, videos, interactive tools,candy and more to highlight their profession.  I soon realized that we (I attended with another instructor) were not as prepared as we could be for the event this year, but next year, we will be.  A globe to highlight that ESL teachers can travel to other countries to experience living in different countries, a poster board to highlight some of the events, food and activities we do in classes, and, of course, some type of give away – candy seems to be the popular choice.  I am sure with a little planning we will be able to represent our profession in a much better fashion than we did this time.  Live and learn, I guess!

At the end of the fair, it was announced that over 3,000 people attended and participated in this career fair.  I am sure that many found careers that they will pursue, found careers that they want to learn more about, or learned, as I did, there are a lot more careers out there than I ever imagined.  Kids today do have a lot of choices, but really, what stuck with me the most, was the fact that not only the kids were learning that they have career choices – parents were, too.

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3 Comments »

  1. I have not been to a career fair for ages…so know it must be quite different. I do think that it gives young people an idea of a direction…and as you said…they might stumble on a career that they had not thought of. Parents can have their eyes opened too. Thanks for the post, it was informative…and yes, it takes going one time to know what to do the next time for a presentation. Jackie http://familytrove.blogspot.com/

    Comment by jhaworthoy — March 22, 2013 @ 9:45 pm | Reply

  2. I have been to college fairs, but not career fairs. Great idea for high school students.

    Comment by debbussewitz — March 23, 2013 @ 12:57 am | Reply

  3. What a wonderful idea – to think not just of college but where we are going in our lives. I suspect MANY of our students need to think beyond college readiness!

    Comment by AJF (@Anitaferreri) — March 23, 2013 @ 11:16 am | Reply


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