2002-06-29 / Columnists

Chatting With Chapey

Career Day: Schools Sponsor Role Models
By Dr. Geraldine M. Chapey

Career Day: Schools Sponsor Role Models

  When they are growing up, even before school days, boys and girls frequently play games and talk about "When I grow up, I want to be a ______". They are fascinated, very early on, with the notion of "going to work" but few have any contact with persons beyond their own family to gain information about the wide variety of careers available to them.

To motivate students to think about their schoolwork in relation to their future careers, schools conduct an annual Career Day - exposing their students to numerous possible careers. Schools on the mainland and in
Rockaway sponsor these events.  P.S. 43 held such an event recently. 

Successful experienced professionals from the community, very graciously gave up a morning from their busy schedules to share their experiences, to inform the students of the reason why they chose their career, what education is required, what challenges and hurdles are involved and what rewards and benefits their career offers.

An exciting, interesting and well prepared group of successful dentists, health professionals, microbiologists, newspaper reporters, military, police and fire department personnel, political officials, food services, transportation experts, librarians, teachers and other educators, bank officials, veterinarians, authors and artists visited individual classes and chatted informally with the students. Students were also well trained with pertinent questions and had the opportunity to meet "one on one" with successful adults.

In the auditorium Librarian Ronni Strauss featured children who were singing for the community Career Day guests. Michael Finnegan and Ms. D. Leary, the music and dance teachers did a superlative job in training the students. The audience enjoyed a delightful series of excellent student dance performances and enjoyed this fine display of student talent.

Mr. J. J. Quattrocchi, the Principal of P. S. 43, Ms. S. Trezza, Ms. D. Otto, Ms. R. Johnson, the Assistant Principals lead the schools.  Mr. Matthew Bromme, the Superintendent of District 27 could be proud of this fine
work bringing community career experts and students together to enjoy a
pleasant learning and important experience.

Youngsters who are choosing careers or adults who are considering a
career change are encouraged to become acquainted with professional workforce shortages that exist now and those that are expected to develop over the next few years. The Board of Regents charged with the oversight of the education and licensing of 39 professions, recently conducted a survey of professional work shortages. Changing trends, market forces and technological advancements all have an impact on the services professionals provide and the training such professionals require.  Results of the survey undertaken in collaboration with associations, legislators, educators, government leaders, consumers, and practitioners indicated that major shortages are emerging in what are now called the "Hot Careers" - pharmacy, nursing and teaching.

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