Forty-five parents, staff, students and other community members participated as speakers in Wissahickon Middle School's annual Career Day giving students the opportunity to learn about dozens of different jobs. Students attended 5 presentations on five different professions throughout the morning. The presentations included a variety of career fields, including news media, law, medicine/nursing, law enforcement, business, marketing/advertising, science, pharmaceuticals, communications, human resources, armed services, technology, education, government, engineers, education, music, art, electricians and retail.
During 30 minute sessions, presenters described the many paths an individual may take in order to enter a specific profession and students became familiar with a number of aspects of each speaker's career. These aspects included their educational backgrounds, the importance of their high school careers, the specific skills required for their profession, the financial prospects of their profession, other career paths within their profession, and about each speaker's personal career and life lessons. Some presenters had hands-on demonstrations such as Carl Drake, chef at Heaven's Kitchen, who showed students how to make chocolate truffles. Jeff Asch, TV/Radio Anchor for KYW News Radio, let students try their hand at recording a news segment.
"This is a really great opportunity for our students to learn about a variety of different jobs and consider the major life decisions that they will need to make in the future," said Gus Baldassano, Guidance Counselor. "Throughout their tenure at WMS, all students will see 15 different speakers during Career Day."
Anyone interested in presenting at next year's WMS Career Day may contact Gus Baldassano at email@example.com.