October 19, 2006
Seventh-graders across our area got a day out of the classrooms, but it was not for fun. The students made a trip over to the University of Virginia for a career fair.
Forty exhibitors, 2,000 seventh graders, and a two day event.
"This is a chance for kids to explore work opportunities that are in their community. It is a chance to figure out about their career pathways, and to explore," said Sue Sheffield of Albemarle County Public Schools.
The career fair inside University of Virginia's Newcomb Hall allowed students from Charlottesville and surrounding counties to get a better understanding of almost every job.
"I liked seeing a lot of the technological careers. Also, I thought that some of the medical careers looked pretty interesting," said 7th grader Josh Zimmerman.
"I learned that the news is good in all the jobs and stuff, said 7th grader Trent Lee.
The opportunities were endless for the future leaders. The 7th graders showed interest in brick-laying, the military, police work, and the culinary arts.
There were even kids there who wanted to be television news reporter.
"I think it sounds really cool that you get to see new people, go new places, and have fun," said 7th grader Brie Bryant.
"I like to know about what is going on in my community, and I like to talk with people, and do things like that," said 7th grader Carol Dougherty.
The career fair has been happening each year since the early 1990s.