Reading, PA – Have you ever heard a student say, “How will I ever use this in the real world?” On Friday, November 30,th over 500 8th grade students from Wilson West and Wilson Southern Middle Schools attended a career day on the campus of Reading Area Community College to help answer that question.
Students had the opportunity to learn about careers in the fields of science, business, technology, engineering and the health professions. In addition, representatives from dozens of local businesses and institutions were on site to answer questions about their field, and what training or preparation is needed to enter those industries.
Director of admissions and enrollment services, Dr. Abigail Wernicki, says the event is a great way to introduce students to career options and connect them with professionals and faculty who are eager to guide them toward their next steps.
“We were thrilled to see the enthusiasm of these young students on the RACC campus today. This stage in a student’s life can be an overwhelming time for them,” Wernicki says. “They have lots of things to consider. ‘What job do I want? Do I want to go to college? If so, what school do I go to? How do I afford that? How do I know if that job is even right for me?’ Career Day is a good step for them to connect with local professionals and faculty to ask questions.”
Wilson Southern Middle School counselor Jessica Cammauf says it’s never too early to start preparing for the future. “The students are really starting to shape their own ideas and career paths in terms of classes they may need or avenues they would want to explore beyond high school. We are so excited that Career Day can provide a platform for the kids to learn about available career and job opportunities, make personal connections, and gather important information to chart a course for career success.”