BURLINGTON, Massachusetts — Organizers of Burlington High School’s first Career Exploration Fair said they are looking for a few more local professionals to participate in this week’s event.
The fair takes place on Thursdays from 9:15am to 10:45am in the Burlington High School cafeteria at 123 Cambridge Street.
The event will consist of two 30-minute sessions, one for juniors and one for seniors, covering medical, legal, real estate, engineering, construction, education, police/firefighting and more.
Amy Doughty, health education teacher at BHS and one of the trade show organizers, said the organizing committee reached out to the Burlington Area Chamber of Commerce and the Burlington Rotary to identify professionals interested in participating in the trade show. I said I was looking.
Doughty told Patch on Friday that about 45 professionals have signed up for the event and the goal is to get around 50 people.
Unlike previous years, where Career Speaker Day featured experts and spoke to student groups for 30 minutes, the new “fair” format allows students to walk around the room and speak to several guests.
During the exchange, professionals are asked to share conversations about their profession, educational expectations, new hire salaries, and day-to-day working conditions.
“We feel this is a great opportunity for professionals as well as students,” said Doughty. “This event will provide a forum for professionals to share their experiences and give students the opportunity to discuss career paths with adults other than parents and teachers.”
Doughty adds: “Our students are part of the workforce of the future. Providing knowledge and opportunities like this will only benefit the students and professionals who participate.”