In the first week of March, students at Aaron School’s 30th Street campus participated in Career Week! Students in grades 8th through 12th participated in a variety of events all geared toward interest and career exploration. Danielle Rosete, Guidance and Transition Coordinator, met with students in each grade level to facilitate discussions pertaining to the educational pathways and characteristics of various careers, professionalism, and work environments. Many students participated in a career assessment to learn more about how their personal interests may correspond with a particular profession. The students used Thinking Maps to outline the steps they may need to take in order to navigate the educational pathway and employment process to obtain a position in the workforce.
Perhaps the highlight of Career Week was Career Speaker Day that took place on Tuesday, March 5. During this event, the students met with working professionals representing a variety of interesting careers. A published author and artist facilitated a discussion about his paintings, explaining how to create the effect of illumination in dark paint. The students were excited to see many well-known landmarks in his artwork! A research scientist spoke with the students about the skills needed to perform his work and then gave them an opportunity to engage in hands-on experimentation. The students were excited to interact with tools needed to learn more about why jellyfish glow! A translator helped the students understand the differences between her profession and that of an interpreter, while another published author helped the students understand the positions she held as stepping stones to achieving her goal of writing a book, including volunteering, fact-checking and journalism.
Some students were particularly intrigued by careers that involve travel. A guidance counselor spoke about how visiting colleges across the country is a critical aspect of her job as it allows her to better support her students as they decide what path to take beyond high school, while a sports agent spoke about her responsibilities in representing athletes across the county including members of the United States Olympic Bobsledding team. In addition to learning from these professionals, Advance groups worked diligently throughout Career Week to conduct research and create a poster presentation to represent the defining features of an assigned profession. Career Week culminated with a school-wide event during which students viewed all of the poster presentations and completed a career scavenger hunt. Aaron School 30th Street students truly enjoyed learning about and exploring various careers, making Career Week a great success!