FULTON – G. Ray Bodley High School’s annual Career Day brought several people – and a dog – together to expose the students in grades nine through 12 to pathways toward a future career.
While representatives from the fields of law enforcement, hospitality, military, cosmetology, media and athletics, among several others, spoke about their individual journeys, a majority of them had one common theme: consider the best educational courses now.
Several guest speakers suggested the students get a jump start on the foundational knowledge of a potential future career to become better immersed in required studies beyond high school graduation.
“It’s about being well-rounded and it starts now,” said Melissa Lewis, a special agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation. “Ask any question; this is your chance.”
A similar openness was shared when veterinarian Dr. Andrea Dattellas spoke about the intensity of veterinary school.
At least eight years of studying will mean students must to remain dedicated to their work and future veterinary profession, she said.
For those who wished to enter that field, Dattellas suggested they focus on math and sciences classes while still in high school.
Educational opportunities don’t just occur while in high school, a trade school or college, according to guest cosmetologists for the day Danielle Osborne and Kassie Tondeur, of the Hair We Are salon in Fulton.
Classes now are just as important, Osborne said, because chemistry could help future hair stylists understand potential reactions people may have to the chemicals in hair dye or products.
“You can never stop learning,” Tondeaur said. “If you don’t know how to do that stuff you won’t get clients.”
Another popular sessions included a video chat in the auditorium with Meredith Leece, who talked about her experience in video production with the hit show “Game of Throne.”
A key component of her discussion was how the growth in one’s creative process leads to success in their careers.
Learning and making improvements along the way can only aid people in time, she said.
Also featured were a handful of Fulton City School District employees who shared their passion for writing, teaching and athletics.