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The Suburbanite
  • Eighth-graders get a look at the work world

  • Eighth-grade students at Jackson Memorial Middle School (JMMS) ushered March in by exploring more than 50 different occupations during the school’s sixth annual Career Day.

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  • Eighth-grade students at Jackson Memorial Middle School (JMMS) ushered March in by exploring more than 50 different occupations during the school’s sixth annual Career Day.
    Students spent 45 minutes talking with professionals from all sorts of businesses, organizations, community services, the armed forces and education. To prepare for Career Day, students completed an online career inventory that matched their interests with specific careers.
    “The career inventory helps determine if the student is a thinker or more of a hands-on type of person, and then it matches them up with appropriate types of careers,” said Luis Lacourt, 8th grade guidance counselor and department chair.
    Lacourt said events such as this help students learn about qualifications needed for each type of profession, which in turn helps students make class choices for high school. It will help them decide whether they need to take vocational classes or classes that prepare them to enter college or technical school.
    “This event is important because it provides the students with the opportunity to talk with different representatives from the many different professions. They can ask them any questions they like. We also have a list of questions that are important for them to ask as part of their assignment,” he said.
    Some of the assigned questions students asked the presenters included:
    n What is the career path for this position?
    n What are the qualifications for an entry level position in this type of career?
    n What are the class choices, volunteer opportunities or part-time jobs that can help me prepare for this career?
    The assignment required each student to talk with at least three different presenters that worked in careers of interest to the student. Joseph Dexter talked with a firefighter, landscaper and teacher. He’s still undecided.
    “I’ve talked with presenters from all three of the careers I have an interest in, but I still haven’t decided which one to go with,” Dexter said.
    Stephanie Head and Madi Hostetler were interested in becoming neurosurgeons or going into other medical-related fields.
    “We’ve talked with a nurse, a physical therapist and an orthodontist, and we haven’t decided which one to go with,” Head said.
    Dave Fleming of Fleming and Wise Orthodontists in Jackson Township was one of the presenters.
    “I’ve talked with hundreds of students today, and many told me they were interested in becoming an orthodontist,” Fleming said.
    There was an abundance of medical professionals on hand including nurses, pharmacists, dentists, physical therapists and a medical science liaison. Accounting, law, fire and police, advertising, government, National Guard and engineering fields, among others, were also represented.
    “We have couple of new presenters this year, including a PGA Golf pro, a landscape designer and a career counselor from the Employment Source,” Lacourt said.
    Page 2 of 2 - There were also high school students answering questions about vocational training programs available at Jackson High School, including The Cisco Networking Academy, Automotive Technologies, Business Management and others.