Career Day at an Elementary School. Have you ever presented at or been to one?

@writersedge (22579)
United States
May 29, 2009 8:51pm CST
A farmer came, she talked about what is great about being a farmer and what is not so great. She also gave the kids ice cream and told them how that comes from a cow. Cows give milk, but also cream. An engineer talked about how he designs things to cut use of electricity and maintains equipment for a factory. He had the kids play with some of his equipment and gave them samples from his factory, toilet tissue. A riding instructor explained about horses and what was good and bad about her business. She gave out beautiful posters with different kinds of horses on them. There were 9 presenters with 9 careers including Fire Fighter, Hair Stylist, Correction Officer, YMCA Camp Director, Photocopy and design press center, and a Veterinary Tech. I remember my Dad doing part of the school's sidewalk for our parent-job day as a kid. I also remember seeing my first dowser at parent-hobbie presentation as a kid. What were your experiences/memories like?
3 responses
@Canellita (12058)
• United States
2 Jun 09
Wow, I want to come to your class! Sounds like it was all very interesting. We never had that at any school I attended.
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@writersedge (22579)
• United States
2 Jun 09
That's too bad. It was fun and interesting. I would have liked a femal forest ranger and some other choices to come to my school when I was younger. I might have chosen different work. But I have had all kinds of work as it is.
@ElicBxn (60771)
• United States
30 May 09
we didn't have anything like that when I was in school - at least not here in Texas - of course, all the parents were either University professors, worked for the government or did some kind of support job when I was a kid here in Austin, I probably knew more about horses after 7th grade than most of the kids parents....
@writersedge (22579)
• United States
30 May 09
This woman who ran the riding school started with the 4H when she was a kid. She has over 30 years of horse experience/training now. She trains horses and people as well as travels to do competitions. Sounds like not very varied where you were. Although there are lots of different kinds of professors, government jobs, and support jobs. Our school districts include several towns in the country. So there are literally hundreds of occupations that can be tapped. When I was a kid, they just had as many parents come in as possible. Now they just ask a few people to come in every year and they have different professions each year come in. So those 9 probably won't be back to that particular school next year. Surprised they had two farm-related jobs; horses and dairy in the same presentation. Maybe beef cows and chickens next year, you never know. Thanks for your response, take care.
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@ElicBxn (60771)
• United States
30 May 09
when I was growing up, Austin was Government and University mostly, IBM opened a plant but it was to build typewriters - this long before computers were ever considered and the internet only science fiction - if they even dreamed of it - actually I've found a few early books that considered it, but only a very few, and really nothing so ... democratic as it has turned out to be.
@writersedge (22579)
• United States
30 May 09
Yeah, who knew IBM would have been such a big deal. If we could go back in a time machine and buy stocks, we'd be worth millions. So three kinds of jobs they could have had for a career day or world of work sample. Take care
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@carolbee (16241)
• United States
30 May 09
As a kid, we didn't have programs of this nature in public school. It's an excellent idea. When our kids were in school, my husband went to school and talked about taxes. We have a video at home somewhere. It might have been more of a benefit to the teachers than the kids..lol One of our daughters went to one of the special school districts in a firetruck and showed the kids the equipment and how everything worked. Some were able to sit in the firetruck as well. Good experience for all the kids.
@writersedge (22579)
• United States
30 May 09
So they may not have had a career day, but they did do things that showed what people do just the same. I can't imagine kids getting into the taxes like the teachers would. So did the daughter who went on the fire truck become one of the ones in the fire department?
@carolbee (16241)
• United States
25 Jun 09
Yes, it's the same daughter. She is a firefighter/paramedic. Thanks for the best reponse.
@writersedge (22579)
• United States
25 Jun 09
You're welcome. This topic wasn't a big hit, but my no spend (other than bills) July is going gang busters. You never know what will take off here and what will die on the vine.