LIMA — For the second straight year, Shawnee Middle School hosted a career fair in the west gymnasium.
The event was for students in grades 6 to 8.
Twenty-six career areas were represented during the fair.
Haile Conrad, an eighth-grader at Shawnee Middle School found the event to be quite useful in helping her toward a career in the medical field.
“They informed me on what they do during the day, their salary, and how many hours they work,” she said.
So why the medical field?
“I just enjoy helping people and just knowing I did something good today,” said Conrad.
“Each student is seeing four different careers that were scheduled based on their priorities,” said Erica Schmiedebusch a seventh- and eighth-grade school counselor at Shawnee Middle School.
Deciding on a career path at such a young age is more important than you might think.
“It’s super important for them to start thinking about how their interests and skills might align with a future career one day. They need to figure out what it takes to get to whatever career they’re interested in, what kind of training it involves, how much school. We want kids to find careers that they are passionate about, not just jobs for the future so we want them to really start thinking about how their interests and skills really do translate into a career later on,” she said.
Stemming the so-called “brain drain” is another goal of the career fair.
“We have a lot of local people represented. Both hospitals have professionals here. We have Tuttle Construction here, Wannamacher Logistics. We have a local photographer, OIO has a physician out here today and we have a naturalist from the parks district so we have lots of area professionals where kids can see this is something I can actually do here in Lima,” she said.
“I think it helps because it gives people an understanding of what they do during the day and it educates them on what they want to do,” said Conrad.
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