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    7th Grade Career Day - Request for Volunteers and Presenters
    Posted on 03/03/2016

    Wednesday, March 23, 2016
    8:45 to 12:15pm in 30 minute time slots
    You may volunteer for more than one time slot

    Laura McGinty

    7th Grade is on Wednesday, March 23rd. There are 36 available slots between 8:45 and 12:15pm. You may certainly commit to more than one 30 minute time slot.

    Ideally, one would have a presentation that is about 15 minutes with about 10 minutes after for Q&A.

    Visual aids are good to have, and internet and document camera support can be provided.

    Tell them to explain how and why they chose their profession, what schooling or training was necessary for their job and any academic skills they use in their job (e.g. public speaking, writing, math, etc.). 

    Email for available times, details, and/or questions.

    Road Map – What To Say

    • What do you do? What did you do before this?
    • Does your company make physical stuff, like airplanes, electronics, shoes, construction, etc.?
    • Does your company design stuff, aviation engineering, architecture, clothing, electronics, shoes, software, etc?
    • Does your company sell stuff, retail, real estate, sales, marketing, advertising, SEO, etc?
    • Does your company harvest stuff, farming, fishing?
    • What kinds of things do you do at your job?
    • Did you have to go to school after high school?
    • Did you have to go to graduate school after college?
    • What kinds of subjects did you like to study in school?
    • What kinds of subjects were important for you to know in order to be able to do your job?
    • Do you like your job?
    • Did you always know you wanted to do what you do? If not, how’d you start out?
    • What kinds of jobs did you have in high school and college?  Did that work experience help you with your current job?
    • How did you get to where you are? Was your path typical/not typical?
    • What might you do differently if you started over or were “in these kids’ shoes?”
    • What do you enjoy most/least about your work?
    • Do you travel for work? Where have you been that is cool?
    • What is a typical work day for you?
    • What is the projected job market?
    • Describe your work environment. 

    Sample Question Formats

    • Let’s have a show of hands. How many of you think/agree...?
    • Can anyone give me an example of…?
    • How many of you have/think/agree with…?
    • Who knows/has ever experienced/appreciates…?
    • Can anyone tell me what (blah blah blah) means?
    • What do you think is the most interesting….?
    • Under what circumstances do you think (blah blah blah) happens/is necessary?
    • Can you think of a reason/possibility when…?
    • Does …(blah blah blah) … sound familiar to any of you?
    • How many of you own a …?

    You’ll have competition to be cool!

    Other speakers may intrigue the students because of the “cool factor.” Coolness can’t be overrated! You can use cool activities to overcome the seeming lack of cool in I.T. careers. These career paths could be speaking the same day:
    • A bee keeper
    • A mobile vet lab
    • A SWAT team member
    • A mounted policeman
    • Loads of firemen
    • Action film-maker