By Beth Cox
JCHS students were able to get a glimpse of possible future endeavors and careers last Thursday, as many local vendors gathered on the Atwood Court to showcase their businesses and organizations for Career Day.
Career Day is a collaboration by both the JCHS Counseling Department and GEAR UP Johnson County. The event gives students a foundation for employment opportunities within the region.
According to school counselor and one of the coordinators for Career Day, Priscilla Davis, “the students are exposed to a variety of opportunities, some of which they have never considered before, to begin preparing for life after high school.”
Davis feels that by giving the students a chance to observe and prepare for the future with events such as Career Day, they can create a plan of success after receiving their diplomas.
Adam Manuel felt a sense of direction after experiencing Career Day, and said, “I got to talk to many people in a variety of occupations today. I was able to speak with them and figure out an idea of what I want and what I don’t want to do with my life.”
More than 30 vendors from East Tennessee, Southwest Virginia, and Western North Carolina were available Thursday to not only talk with the students, but many had interactive activities set up to give a clear understanding of the business or organizations.
Brad Reece, with Johnson County Bank, enjoyed visiting with the students and listening to their thoughts about their careers and their future.
“I was impressed with how many of the students already had a sense of direction toward the career path they intended to take,” Reece said. “It was evident they had placed serious thought into what they desired to do. It shows the positive effect the teachers have on many students.”
The success of Career Day is an excellent partnership between School Counselors, GEAR UP, and high school teachers.
“The teachers decided how long their classes would be able to participate in the event with many giving the students 30-40 minutes,” Davis said.
After the career fair, Tina Reece, Health Science teacher for JCHS stated the Career Fair generated many questions from students upon returning to the classroom.
“We not only discussed salaries, but also benefits like insurance and retirement, but we also compared that of working with some of the vendors as being self-employed, it was good interaction and thought-provoking for the students about their future.”