Eighth and ninth graders at Bear River Middle School got a sneak peek into what the world beyond high school has to offer with a much anticipated career fair on Friday, Oct. 5. That career fair included 40 different professionals in their respected field taking time to educate the next generation of the workforce.
Bear River Middle School Counselor Kelli Rose said that the school hasn’t held a career fair in a few years but bringing back this event has been well received by students and was a much needed event for their futures.
“We need our kids to see that there are so many options and different choices,” Rose said. “It’s very exciting.”
Members of the community, and those beyond county borders, offered three different sessions where they described their careers, presented information and answered questions from students while others got hands on and gave students the opportunity to experience adulthood at its best.
“They’re pretty amazing and we appreciate it,” Rose said about the presenters.
Orbital ATK sent Jessica Lake, their newest engineer, to speak to students while Garland Fire Department sent firefighters and EMTs to the school where they offered tours of their fire engine and demonstrated simple medical procedures such as checking heart rates and blood pressure. Garland Police Department’s Detective Peter Gilchrist brought fun tools to show students, including a Taser, but left the actual tasing part out of the demonstration.
Cosmetology students from Bridgerland Applied Technology shared their favorite techniques and the benefits of getting into the career of making others look their best. Interior decorator, and Tremonton resident, Amanda Archibald, brought some of her favorite decorating tips and offered advice to future interior decorators.
Bear River Middle School’s own teacher, Lisa Rampton, a published author, provided advice to future writers
“She got a chance to step out of teaching mode and show students how to be a writer,” added Rose.
Local dentist Dr. Gary Shaw, offered insight into the dental field and even gave out free toothbrushes and local electrician Darwin Thompson presented his profession to students as one of the many local presenters to spend time talking to students.
Box Elder County’s own rodeo superstars Baylor Roche and Baxtor Roche also made an appearance bringing their horses for students to see and described their lives as professional rodeo athletes.
Everything from welders to chefs to graphic designers, and everything in between, were options students could choose during the career fair.
The most popular career students wanted to learn more about? “Athletic trainer,” said Rose. “Seventy-one kids chose that.”