Students make a Spartan Career Connection on Career Exploration Day
Middle School students had the chance to explore a variety of careers and hear from people in those career fields, during the school’s Career Exploration Day on April 12. The event was a way for our Spartans to make a “Spartan Career Connection,” by inspiring them through career exploration.
Students in grades six to eight visited career stations set up in the school’s gym and interacted with local professionals about their career experiences. The guests represented four Career Families: Stem/Business/Law; Healthcare/Social Services/Service Industry; Military/Protective/Education; Laborer/Construction/Outdoors; and Art/Sports Design/Media.
They heard from guest speakers: Representatives from the Greater Binghamton Chamber of Commerce, and Town of Union Supervisor, Rick Materese.
When they were not in the gym, the students met in classrooms to assess their career interest and then they did some independent research on that career. They learned about salary, level of education, job duties and the employment outlook for the career.
They also participated in a life skills activity about effective money management. They determined the take home pay for three careers and then discussed the finances needed for basics like shelter, food and clothing, to see how those career earnings measured up.
Wellness, and life and work balance, is also essential to success. The students participated in exercises in yoga and mindfulness. They also identified leadership qualities, and why it is important to possess leadership skills, during a group activity in the auditorium.
Thank you to the more than 60 community volunteers who took time to share valuable career knowledge with our Spartans!