SIKESTON - Eighth and ninth grade students at the
Sikeston Junior High School got a glimpse of the
working world Wednesday at the guidance department's
annual Career Fair.
"I think it went very well," said Kim Thornbrough,
ninth grade counselor. "The Career Fair is an
excellent opportunity for these students to learn
about different careers and help them decide their
Additionally, the fair was a great chance "for the
community and school to work together on the common
goal of educating our students," according to eighth
grade counselor Charon Biggs.
The program included nearly 40 presenters from around
the area, "most of them from here in Sikeston," said
This year's speakers included a judge, a SEMO Drug
Task Force member, an engineer, a veterinarian,
journalists and military representatives among others.
The various jobs were divided by the counselors into
six career paths - arts and communications; health
services; human services; business management; natural
resources; and industrial and engineering technology.
Last week, students answered questions on an interest
inventory survey to determine which fields they show
the highest interest in, according to Thornbrough.
Students were then able to select five different
sessions of their choice, each lasting approximately
Having an interest in health care services, eighth
grader Blair Shipps picked the physical therapist,
doctor and nurse practitioner for three of her
For her remaining two, Shipps chose to attend the
photographer and reporter sessions. "I think I'm a
strong creative writer," she explained.
Speakers described what a typical day at work is like
for them and discussed topics such as how much
education, training and special skills are required
for their job as well as predictions of what the job
market will be like in the future.
Others topics included discussions of salary levels,
fringe benefits and advantages and disadvantages of
their line of work.
Some students seemed to be confident about which job
they would like to pursue. "I'm going to be an
attorney," said Amanda Shaver. "I like to speak my
Ninth grader Tori Dunn also has her sights set on a
law career. "They make lots of money and I like
arguing with people," she explained.
Many were not yet ready to decide, however. "I really
don't know yet for sure," said Jeremy Couch, ninth
grade. "It's a hard choice to make."
Without a doubt, all the students enjoyed a day away
from their usual routine. "My hand needs a rest from
writing," said Ann Stevens.
"It's been fun," said Casey Carlisle, eighth grade.
"You get to see a lot of different people."