Luther Burbank Middle School students explored career possibilities and job interview preparation skills at the annual Luther Career Day earlier this month.
“Our goal for Career Day is to get our students thinking about their future,” explained counselor Laurie Harmon. “They look at their strengths and interests, and how this could translate into a meaningful career.”
“Students are exposed to many different careers through classroom presentations and a Career Fair. This gets students thinking about the pathway they need to be on to reach their goals.”
“Our English teachers foster real world skills by teaching students to write a resume and cover letter,” Harmon went on to say. “The students then take their resume and cover letter and participate in a mock interview with volunteers from many different Burbank businesses.”
In math classes, students applied skills they learned to real world situations. Science teachers talked about science careers in their classes.
“Overall, Career Day is a day of possibility,” Harmon said. “It was created to get our students motivated to find the path that will lead them to a happy, productive career.”
The Career Fair was filled with representatives from local colleges and career centers, in addition to City services such as Water & Power, the Burbank Fire Department and Parks & Recreation.
Former National Teacher of the Year Rebecca Mieliwocki gave a presentation. A number of Burbank City Councilmembers and local business people assisted with the interviews.
Hair and makeup artist Samantha Harmon talked about her career while she created a gory-looking gash on student’s arm, to demonstrate some of her day-to-day work.
Television producer Mike Harney and Anna Iranosian, a clinical dietician at Providence St. Joseph Hospital, talked about their careers.
“The goal for Career Day is for our eighth grade learners to explore career possibilities,” stated Luther Principal Oscar Macias. “We want our boys and girls to start thinking beyond their lives after high school.”
“We are hoping to engage them in conversation and thought about their future,” he added. “We are grateful for the many volunteers [who shared] their professional career stories. We are especially grateful for all the hard work and preparation that Mrs. Harmon has done for our eighth graders.”