With an eye toward the future, students at G. Ray Bodley High School recently had an opportunity to explore more than 70 job options during the first-ever career day.
The event began as an idea discussed at a conference and quickly transformed into a massive collaboration between the Fulton City School District and area businesses.
As the event began to take shape, career day coordinators Laura Hyde and Amy Stephenson worked to ensure that every job sector was represented.
“Our thought was the more selection we have, the more opportunities there would be for students,” Hyde said. “They were able to explore careers that they were considering, and it also allowed them to explore careers that they weren’t so familiar with. They had a range of options.”
Each student could choose up to four different sessions to attend during career day.
Representatives from the trades, public service, hospitality, health care, communications, the armed forces, business, law and dozens of other industries spoke to students about their job and chosen career.
Students peppered the guest speakers with questions during a five-minute question-and-answer session after each presentation.
“The kids were excited and they asked great questions,” Hyde said. “They learned about careers that are booming right now and what employers are looking for in potential employees.”
Hyde said she hopes the students also learned the importance of staying in school to develop the skills necessary for success in college or a career.
“I want the kids to look at school as a springboard for their future,” she said. “I want them to want to go to school. I want them to change their outlook and realize the reason they go to school is so they can get to where they want to go.”
With so many career options, Hyde said the possibilities for GRB students are limitless.