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Career Week: A Career Jumpstart for Seniors

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During the week of October 9, 2018, the DMAE guidance department hosted a Career Week to give students a chance to think about their futures. People who are professionals in their careers came to DMAE to talk about their profession and their personal experiences. Employees or student interns who work for various companies, such as Paul Mitchell and Allergen, came to share their experiences in the field and ultimately inspire students.

“Career week is a good opportunity for students to explore more about their fields of interest,” senior Mateo Rendon said. “Guidance should continue to do this in the future.”

The event was organized by Denise Astuto, one of  DMAE’s counselors. She reached out to alumni who were glad to present. Ultimately, sessions gave students the chance to listen to successful young professionals about their careers, many of whom were DMAE graduates.

I loved the presentation for Pharmacy … it’s endearing to see alumni of DMAE be successful and return to teach us about the future.”

— Rishika Singh

Students heard first-hand experiences, which allowed them to start thinking about what they would like to do in the prospective future.

Seniors who are beginning to apply for college may become open to a new career path that they heard about during Career Week.

Other students may reconsider their thoughts about a certain job or field of work through the stories that the representatives told. This gives students a new understanding about a career or a new gateway for their field of work.

“I loved the presentation for Pharmacy,” senior Rishika Singh said. “It’s endearing to see alumni of DMAE be successful and return to teach us about the future.”

Students signed up to hear presentations of interest. Ms. Astuto felt a highlight of the day was during Maya Sariahmed’s Graphic Design presentation. Ms. Sariahmed works for Ted Talk and her success inspired two senior students who spoke to her after the presentation, Helen Guzman and Nicandro Lopez.

“It was nice to see their excitement and how Ms. Sariahmed gave them solid steps on what they should be doing to pursue a graphic design career,” Ms. Astuto said.

The representatives that participated in Career Week studied a wide variety of different subjects. The variety of the representatives allowed different student’s needs to be satisfied. Students searching for representatives in the sciences, arts, or trade easily found one that suited their interests.

Fields such as cosmetology, pharmacy, medicine, and more were represented as well. Representatives from the Army also participated in Career Week. This allowed students to think about prospective majors and what they need to do as high schoolers to jumpstart their careers.

“For seniors who have to choose a major, Career Week was a great, hands-on learning experience with real, honest feedback from the presenters.” Sydney Rush said.

After College Week, students gained the opportunity to listen to the representatives talk about their careers. Once students hear their first-hand experiences, it allows them to start thinking about what they would like to do in the prospective future. Seniors who are beginning to apply for college may become open to a new career path that they heard about during Career Week. Other students may reconsider their thoughts about a certain job or field of work through the stories that the representatives told. This gives students a new understanding about a career or a new gateway for their field of work.

“I loved the presentation for Pharmacy,” said Rishika Singh. “It’s endearing to see alumni of DMAE be successful and return to teach us about the future.”

The representatives that participated in Career Week studied a wide variety of different subjects. The variety of the representatives allowed different student’s needs to be satisfied. Students that were searching for representatives in the sciences, arts, or trade easily found a representative that suited their pursuits. Fields such as cosmetology, pharmacy, medicine, and more were represented. Representatives from the Army also participated in Career Week. This allows students to think about prospective majors and what they need to do as high schoolers to jumpstart their careers. Career week may be an event that will be continued in the future due to its success and popularity among students.

“For seniors who have to choose a major, Career Week was such great, hands-on learning experience with real, honest feedback from the presenters.” said Sydney Rush.

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Courtnie Beckford, Senior Reporter and Assistant Section Editor

Courtnie Beckford, who is currently a junior in the Biomedicine Academy, is a third year writer for the Maroon Tribune. She loves to write about school...

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