On Tuesday, I organized a Career Day for an elementary school in Washington, D.C. that I work with as a consultant.
It is a Title I school with more than 40 percent of students qualifying for the USDA Free & Reduced Lunch Program. There were 20 speakers, including some govies: a medical doctor who specializes in public health at DHHS, a City of Alexandria Public Housing researcher who holds a Ph.D., an Air Force pilot who is headed toward retirement, and a District of Columbia judge.
The speakers did a great job, a number of students asked good questions, and we are going to try to get more occupations for next year that represent a broader range of jobs that don’t require advanced (or college) degrees, such as public safety.
Have you ever spoken at a Career Day or done community service involving young people? Did it change your perspective at all in how you view your work or was it a rather uninspiring event?