It’s never too early to start thinking about the future and get excited about the myriad career possibilities that exist in the world today. That was the impetus behind Woodhull Intermediate School’s Career Day.
Woodhull annually holds a special day to showcase a variety of careers. It provides students with information about dozens of job options. “We invited in over 40 community members to come in and talk about their professions, ranging from a doctor and lawyer to a beekeeper and a horse trainer,” said Matt Perlongo, who serves as dean of students at both Woodhull and Jack Abrams STEM Magnet School.
The professionals who were on hand for the day were impressed with the Woodhull youngsters. “Students were asked to complete a survey about which careers they were interested in prior to Career Day and then were given the opportunity to see four different 40 minute presentations based on their own career interests,” Mr. Perlongo explained. “The students got a taste of what different careers can offer, as well as a literal taste of some cookies provided by Blondies Bake Shop’s owner.”
Naturally the students asked a long list of questions and offered plenty of comments. “Kids were seen popping wheelies on bikes from The Bike Cave, getting a look at a police car, trying on some firefighting gear and enjoying the musical styling of Woodhull teacher Jason Rind on the guitar,” Mr. Perlongo said.
The initiative spurred lots of discussions between the students themselves and among the youngsters and their teachers and parents.
“The day was a great success,” Mr. Perlongo said. “We look forward to an even bigger Career Day next year.”