Middle School Career Fairs Expose Students to Job Possibilities

     Published on 12/29/15   Tagged under:    District News    Huntington K-8 School    Roberts preK-8 School   

Sixth, seventh and eighth graders at Huntington took part in the school’s annual career fair, meeting with professionals from 27 community businesses!
Students worked their way through the school’s cafeteria, interacting with representatives from SU, Onondaga County Public Health, Nine Mile Nuclear Plant, the 911 Center, the Rosamond Gifford Zoo, the CNYSPCA and more.
Anthony Trupiano, who works in HR for the DoubleTree Hilton, spoke with students about careers in hospitality. “The kids asked what kinds of jobs there are besides housekeepers,” he said. “They didn’t realize how much work goes into running a hotel.”
Sixth grader Jason Butler said he enjoyed learning about what the professionals do and how they got their jobs. “I really liked the SU booth,” he explained. “I learned about the sports manager and the health and fitness manager. I want to be a football player when I grow up and I learned about how I have to be healthy to be a good athlete.”
Classmate Khylie Hack said she also learned skills that may help her in her future career. “I’ve always to be a vet or a nurse, and today I learned how to take blood pressure and why you take it. Maybe I will need to know this one day!”
At Roberts, seventh and eighth graders also took part in a career fair, where they met with more than 20 different professionals from the community. School Counselor Julie Dunn noted that students were well-prepared for this year’s job fair.
“Students prepared for the event in advance by completing a career interest inventory on Naviance, a career and college planning website for youth,” she explained. “They also learned about their Holland Codes and career clusters to ehlp them identify at least three careers that they are interested in learning more about.”
Huntington students said their interaction with the dentist, barber, electrician, seamstress, software engineer and other professionals was invaluable. “I just found my future job!” one exclaimed.
Thank you to all of the professionals who took the time to speak with our Huntington and Roberts students about their industry! 

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