By Mikayla Kemp, OCT
FULTON, NY – The Fulton City School District held a local career fair on May 14. Hosted at the Fulton Junior High School, 12 local businesses presented at the event.
“It’s nice to know what we have available locally,” said parent Mary Jane Porter.
Attendees had the chance to hear from Eastern Shore Associates Insurance, Workforce New York, Cayuga Community College, Century 21, Fulton Police Department, United States Secret Service Agent, Kathy’s Cakes and Specialty Treats, Huhtamaki, Frank J. Fruce, DMD, Price Chopper, Oswego County Department of Social Services, and CiTi.
Some of the stations opened the eyes of students to career possibilities they may not have been aware of.
Seventh grade student, Emily Porter, said that coming into the career fair she knew she wanted a career in the medical field.
“This has given me more information within the medical field,” said Porter. “I’ve learned about thing like pharmacy or dentistry.”
One of the most populated stations was that of Timothy Kirk, Resident Agent in Charge out of Syracuse, for the United States Secret Service.
“There’s a lot of interest from the students in my career. I think it’s largely due to the name. There are a lot of top secret clearances, things I can’t speak about” said Kirk.
Kirk was available to provide all attendees with information the mission of the United States Secret Service and to provide advice on how to follow this career path.
Aside from getting a bachelor’s degree with a good GPA and staying in good condition, Kirk insists that students must stay out of trouble.
“Any history of addiction or abuse of drugs will get you excluded without hesitation,” said Kirk.
Along with the knowledge of what is needed for his career, Kirk offered some advice for students.
“Respect authority. It’s such an epidemic right now to not have respect for authority, but I always tell students: start with your parents, your teachers and school staff. Learn to respect any adult or authority figure.”
Kathy Hotaling of Kathy’s Cakes saw a lot of student interest as well.
“I think all these baking shows on television help,” Hotaling said. “It makes people want to be involved in baking and try it themselves.”
Hotaling was available to give kids an insight of her business and provide them with advice.
While Hotaling learned from cooking with her grandmother and doesn’t have a formal education, she encouraged interested students to dive into the culinary arts.
“Look into the culinary arts programs available to you, and then work hard!” said Hotaling.