Career Awareness Day Helps 8th Graders Explore Professions
Oyster Bay High School eighth graders interviewed professionals in various fields and gained first-hand knowledge of possible career paths during the District’s annual Career Awareness Day.
Set up in the high school gym, students met in small groups and had six minutes to ask questions of each professional, with the goal of interviewing about 15 professionals from different fields. They then had the opportunity to go back and ask more in-depth questions of one or two professionals in the careers that they found most interesting.
“This is an opportunity for students to learn about careers they may have never considered before and to tighten their focus on their educational goals and objectives,” said Mr. Joseph Pesqueira, K-12 Social Studies Supervisor and coordinator of the event.
For months leading up to the event, students researched careers in their home and careers class, under the guidance of home and careers teacher Ms. Antonia Woodman. Students chose a career they wanted to explore and developed a written report that described the profession, the educational requirements, the salary, the job outlook, similar professions, and more. The students then designed T-shirts with graphics and information about their chosen profession and wore them on Career Awareness Day.
With a Career Awareness Day booklet in hand, students wrote down who they interviewed, their job title, what they do in a typical day and what education is needed. They also took notes on what school activities and courses the professionals recommended and what they liked or disliked about their job. After the students were finished with the interviews, they were asked to write a short reflection about the event.
Mr. Pesqueira expressed his thanks to the professionals for taking time from their schedules to participate in the event. He also thanked the Board of Education and administration, Ms. Woodman for guiding students on their career paths, and the custodial team and volunteers for making the event a success.
The Career Day participants included: Ms. Alicia Battinelli, Advertising Director at Hofstra University, Mr. Brad Berrol, Owner/CEO of IT BGL, Mr. Russ Castrogiovanni, Federal Bureau of Investigations, Mr. Michael Goudket, educator at Raynham Hall Museum, Ms. Jackie Hulse, Communications Assistant, Hofstra University; Mr. Tyler Kuliberda, Education Technician, Sagamore Hill National Park; Leg. Joshua Lafazan, Legislator for the 18th District, Nassau County; Mr. Nathaniel Leies, Community Ambassador, Sagamore Hill National Park; Mr. Tony Miraglia, Senior Vice President/Multimarket Sales, Northeast Region for iHeartMedia; Dr. Zohreh Rasouli, Orthodontist, Oyster Bay Orthodontics; Dr. Cathy Roncskevitz, Veterinarian, Station Plaza Veterinary Group; Mr. Jesse Schenker, Executive Chef, 2 Spring Restaurant; Ms. Denice Evans-Sheppard, Director, Oyster Bay Historical Society; Ms. Brittany Villalta, Assistant Director of Athletics for Athletics Facilities/Senior Woman Administrator, SUNY Old Westbury; and Mr. Chris Weber, Librarian, Oyster Bay High School.