“Career day is about the kids getting exposure to different kinds of jobs. We want the kids to get an idea of what kind of things to learn about, what kind of education they need and get familiar with what is available so they can be successful.”
On October 31st, Westwood School hosted its annual Career Day in which students were encouraged to dress up in costumes that represent what they want to be when they grow up. The students had the chance to listen to local professionals speak about their respective careers and how they can pursue certain opportunities when they finish school.
The students enjoyed hearing from a variety of career speakers. Firefighters from the local fire department talked and demonstrated the stop, drop and roll procedure. Officer Terry Smith, school resource officer, spoke about safety and had several students sit in the back of his police car. Richard Hart, an airline pilot, talked about the education and training one needs to obtain in order to earn a pilot license.
Hart elaborated on the efficiency of flying. "Flying is safe and fun," Hart said. "In this country it's part of our transportation system and it gets people from point a to point b quickly and safely."
Laura Koger, a nurse at Hamilton Medical Center, talked about the different pulse points in the human body and demonstrated how to check your own wrist pulse.
Additionally, Koger also spoke about how nursing can apply to any profession. "I want the kids to see that being a nurse is not just about wearing a uniform," Koger said. "It's also about taking care of people, communication and showing what attributes are important to not only this profession but others as well."
Colton Mantooth, instructor at SEO martial arts, taught students basic Taekwondo skills. Mantooth said, "Taekwondo is not about fighting. It's about focus, control and discipline."
Career day exposes students to a variety of different career possibilities. Each student had the ability to ask the professionals questions on how to further reach their career goals as they get older.
Stephanie Redding, school counselor at Westwood, emphasized the impact career day has on students.
"Career day is about the kids getting exposure to different kinds of jobs," Redding said. "We want the kids to get an idea of what kind of things to learn about, what kind of education they need and get familiar with what is available so they can be successful."