CLAYTON — Business owners, a television reporter, a mechanical engineer, a photographer and many more professionals visited Clayton Middle School last week to talk about how they got where they are.
The event, organized by the Clayton Chamber of Commerce, was designed to inspire eighth-graders to start thinking about what they’d like to do one day.
One eighth-grader, Emmanuel Deen, said career day might have changed his mind about what profession he’d like to pursue. Before last week, Deen said, he wanted to go into law enforcement.
“After today, I may want to do engineering,” said Deen, whose class heard from a mechanical engineer. “I like how he gets to work with machines, travel and share ideas.”
Twenty professionals from a variety of fields visited the eighth-graders. They traveled in pairs to different classrooms and spoke to each class for 10 minutes about what a typical day is like for them, how they got where they are and what skills their job requires.
Many students were intrigued by Jennifer McCracken’s presentation. McCracken is a private investigator for Diamond Eye Legal.
“Where do you all think I have a camera on me now?” McCracken asked the students.
In each class, students were surprised to learn that she could carry a camera on her purse, on her Bluetooth earpiece and on her ink pen.
McCracken told students that a good education was important because it made her better at what she does.
One student, Richard Alvarado, said McCracken was his favorite presenter. “I thought it was interesting that if something happens, she gets to help figure out why,” he said.
Career day was intended in part to make students aware of jobs they might not have considered before.
Eighth-grade teacher Bentley Rose said she felt the day helped her students learn about what jobs are out there. “I think it’s important for students to get exposed to careers they haven’t thought of before,” she said.
This was the second year the chamber organized a career day at Clayton Middle.