Eighth-grade students from Steffen and Lake Shore middle schools explored career possibilities at the JA & Mequon-Thiensville Career Day on Wednesday, May 22. Thank you to those community members who volunteered their time and expertise!
Eighth-grade students from Steffen and Lake Shore middle schools explored career possibilities at the JA & Mequon-Thiensville Career Day on Wednesday, May 22.
This collaborative effort between the Mequon-Thiensville School District and Junior Achievement of Wisconsin provides a valuable opportunity for young students to begin contemplating options and learn more about various career pathways from first-hand practitioners.
“Young people pursue extracurricular activities based on their strengths and interests,” said Matt Wolf, academic and career planning coordinator in MTSD. “Career decisions should have the same approach, based on personal experience and preferences. Experiential connections to Academic and Career Planning lessons are extremely valuable, and a day like today provides young people with a glimpse into some career path options.”
Over 20 guests presented information to students about their chosen professions with the goal to broaden student awareness of a variety of professions. Guest speakers represented a range of professions, including positions in sports reporting, engineering, the field of medicine, public safety and many others. Each presenter gave the students a glimpse into their career with inspiring stories about their journey.
Students had the opportunity to listen to four different speakers during the event. They learned about and selected in advance which professions sounded most intriguing to them.
From Corina Reymer, cybersecurity risk manager at Rockwell Automation, students learned that only two people are allowed to be in the room when the “M” is stamped on M&M’s. Rockwell Automation makes the piece of equipment for Mars, Inc.—who knew?
Giannina Vernon, Brenda Ulmen, and Brenda Jobe, nurses and nursing instructors at Concordia University Wisconsin, brought “Charlie” the mannequin so students could learn the techniques nurses use to train.
Bob Morris, architect at Eppstein Uhen Architects, brought his virtual reality goggles so students could experience how an architect can help a client imagine what spaces will look like when complete.
“We are grateful and thankful to each person who shared their time and talents with the next generation, truly an engaging and educational day,” said Barbara Klocko, senior program manager for Junior Achievement of Wisconsin.