The juniors attend career fairs in Menno and Vermillion to meet with countless college and tech school representatives; thank goodness, we have a guidance counselor who is always there to lend a helping hand.
Juniors get oodles of mail and lots of writing utensils that might persuade them to go to a certain college. The decisions are endless, as are the opportunities.
In English class, taught by Stacy Huber, they are exploring careers and what that means. Creating resum�s, cover letters, conducting interviews, and getting to know their strengths and weaknesses is all part of the curriculum.
The juniors also shadowed on April 19, which allows them to get hands-on feelings for jobs they may pursue. The careers range from anything in the medical field, to graphic design and everything in between.
After exploring two careers, the students then presented a five to 10 minute PowerPoint presentation to their class.
But you may be saying, "How do I know what I want to be when I grow up?" The answer, according to Dr. Randall S. Hansen, is to do lots of research, take career assessment tests, talk with family and friends, teachers and your guidance counselor and evaluate your likes and dislikes.
"Remember that this research is purely preliminary. As you move to your senior year and then into college, many more career options will arise that you'll probably at least consider," he goes on to say.
Whatever career you go in to, remember that it might be wise to go into college with an idea. Do what makes you happy, not what makes anyone else happy.