Career Day points students in right direction

Posted: Wednesday, November 21, 2001

Kenai Peninsula College sponsored its 12th annual Career Day Nov. 9. Hundreds of high school students from around the peninsula participated.

Career Day provides an excellent opportunity for students to gain valuable information about the types of careers available by hearing from professionals who actually work in the field.

KPC invited more than 50 presenters to put together half-hour sessions that provided an overview of their professions.

Organizers provided presenters with guidelines to help them prepare presentations that would help students evaluate whether the career might be right for them. Sometimes hearing how a physician decided their career path can be an inspiration for a student seeking direction.

The professionals cover their background, what education they needed, what their job duties are, what salary range is expected and what schedule and working conditions students can expect in the field.

Students have time to absorb the information and come up with questions before they are off to the next session. Four half-hour sessions with multiple choices of career presentations make preplanning a necessity. Students have to decide where their interests lie and make appropriate choices when planning their career search.

The goal of the event is to stimulate the students to start seriously considering what they would like to do in life. Career Day is an educational event and a valuable marketing tool for the college. KPC loves having the high school students on campus as it is the first opportunity most students have to visit. The college provides young people with a real reason to navigate the campus. Both are valuable upshots of Career Day.

The information provided to students tells them to explore various careers. Most people average seven jobs changes and three career three changes in their life. KPC also advises that in today's high tech world, good writing skills, computer skills and knowing algebra makes it easier to change jobs and careers.

Basic skills are necessary regardless of the career choices' one makes. Just planting these seeds in the minds of young people helps them understand that major life choices are around the corner.

Career Day requires a great deal of coordination and planning and KPC's Dayne Clark has taken the lead role over the years. Dayne is professor of accounting and works hard to encourage students who want to enter the world of business.

His co-organizer this year was Dave Atcheson, Student Services night coordinator. Dave helped set up the classrooms and handle the multiple details necessary to make the 2001 Career Fair a success.

Multiple KPC staff members provided logistical support and helped make sure students made it to the presentations. The Soldotna Rotary Club provided refreshments and has been a longtime supporter of Career Day.

Kenai Peninsula College would like to thank the high school counselors from each of the participating schools for their help getting the kids on campus. KPC understands that the counselors are the keys these students use when trying to figure out their next academic move. KPC supports the efforts of these dedicated professionals and hopes to work in partnership with them to get students into a positive, higher education environment.

KPC also would like to thank the dedicated professionals who took time from their schedules to make a difference in these young people's lives. Career Day 2001 could not have happened without the support of all who participated.

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