This year, all Mariemont City School District 5th and 6th grade students participated in 2nd annual Career Day. Thirty-one volunteers attended the event at both elementary schools to speak to the children about their careers in eight fields: Arts/Design/Communication, Business, Education, Government/Legal, Manufacturing/Engineering/Construction, Natural Science/Resource Management, Social/Heath, and Technology.
“The elementary school years are not too early to begin to achieve a vision of what one desires to do in life,” said Suzie Lehman, district elementary school counselor. “Exposure to a variety of jobs and careers is an important part of self-discovery and goal setting and an eye-opening experience to see how education is connected to a successful future.”
The students had the option to visit different career stations, which were hosted by at least two professionals, who spoke about their careers and demonstrated their craft with props, anecdotes and insight. The volunteers hailed from professions such as illustrator, business executive, lawyer, retired police chief, pharmacist, web developer, business owner, school principal, internist, marketing scientist, inventor and engineer.
Ms. Lehman said she overheard one student saying, “I learned that I am unique and that there is a job out there for everyone, we just need to follow our passions and interests.” And another student saying, “I didn’t know there were so many different fields you can go in to! I found another option of what I want to be when I grow up!”