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Dillon Students Explore Careers

Carlie Walsh learns what it takes to train a dog during Emerson J. Dillon Middle School’s annual career day.
Carlie Walsh learns what it takes to train a dog during Emerson J. Dillon Middle School’s annual career day.

As part of a recent career day, Emerson J. Dillon Middle School students got a glimpse into what their future may hold while exploring dozens of possibilities.

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Each student in the building, from fifth through eighth grade, completed an interest survey last spring.

Based on those results and a student poll, the student services department contacted local businesses that matched the students’ interests.

“It’s important to connect the students with people and careers that match,” said EJD school counselor Kathy Barber. “With nearly 40 different jobs represented at career day, there is something for everyone.”

Students had an opportunity to explore jobs in the trades, armed forces, science, the arts, hospitality and health services.

Carlie Walsh learns what it takes to train a dog during Emerson J. Dillon Middle School’s annual career day.
Carlie Walsh learns what it takes to train a dog during Emerson J. Dillon Middle School’s annual career day.

There were paramedics, architects, artists, veterinarians, electricians, engineers, an FBI agent and others who spoke about their careers and fielded questions from students about education, salary requirements and job scope.

“This event gives students an idea of what is out there, and what their future could hold,” Barber said. “Not only do they learn about jobs that they might want to do, but they also can rule out careers that just don’t match up with their interests. It’s a great learning experience.”

Barber noted that the student services department was grateful to all the local business owners and employees who presented.