POINT PLEASANT — Soldier, lawyer, hair stylist, truck driver…
Students at Point Pleasant Intermediate School (PPIS) had the opportunity to hear about a number of life paths when the school held it’s first Career Day recently.
Sixteen occupations were represented in all, with others including the West Virginia State Police, car salesman, financial planner, elected official, and several from the health care field. Students rotated by class every 15 minutes to have an opportunity to hear all the professions represented, according to Melissa Barnett, school counselor and organizer of the event.
“Each guest spoke to the students about the length of schooling or training required for their job, starting salaries, and what their job description was,” said Barnett.
She added the children were given time during their rotation to ask questions, and were able to see a variety of careers.
Point Pleasant Attorney Tanya Handley was one of the presenters and said she enjoyed participating.
“The presenters came from all walks of life and several different career paths,” she said. “It was great for kids to hear from each person regarding their chosen profession. You could tell it got the kids really thinking about their career paths.”
Handley, whose own children, Trent and Lizzie, attend PPIS, said the students asked a lot of great questions and really appeared to gain insight into their future.
“It is a great program and I am looking forward to participating in it again next year,” Handley concluded.
And there will be a next time. Barnett said due to the success of the day, the school is planning to make Career Day an annual event.
Mindy Kearns is a freelance writer for Ohio Valley Publishing, email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.