Throughout this school year, West View Elementary counselor Rekenna Rogers has been holding what she calls “Career Cafe” sessions with fifth-graders.
Fifth-graders began by completing a career-interest inventory that helped determine which career session they might want to attend. After choosing, they would attend a presentation by a parent volunteer.
Thus far, the presenters have shared their career journeys with students, including how they became interested in their current field. They have talked also about education and training requirements and what a typical day looks like.
Presenters have included attorney Bryan Meer, Mike Evans and Theresa Massengill of Caterpillar, scientist Michelle St. Peter, school psychologist Jodie Meer and insurance agent David Miller.
After each presentation, the students and presenter filled out an evaluation form.
“I liked getting to learn how someone does their job,” student Lily Runion said after one of the presentations.
One of the more-recent presenters was Lee Cherry of N.C. State University’s College of Design. “It was a great session, very enthusiastic group, and the students had fantastic questions,” he said.
Fifth-grader Owen Rayfield said Cherry showed a lot of cool things during his presentation.
After Cherry’s presentation, each student received a small owl necklace made on a 3D printer.
Upcoming presenters include an artist, nurse, dental hygienist, clinical research developer, pharmacist, medical sociology professor, professional fundraiser, police training officer, chemist, and a sales and marketing specialist.