The SGA held Whitman’s first ever “Career Day” event at The Commons last Thursday and Friday. The program brought together parents working in various career fields to talk about their jobs and careers.
The event spanned four sessions over two days. Held for the 2nd and 3rd periods on Thursday and the 4th and 5th periods on Friday, it featured 15 of his speakers working in fields ranging from sports broadcasting to law enforcement. Students registered for the program in advance and were allowed to miss classes to attend.
Era Qerimi, a senior SGA leadership team member, suggested the event last year while serving as president of the business leadership club DECA. Extracurricular activities focus on career development and organize events for students to learn about jobs in the field.
“I heard and realized [professionals’] When I heard through DECA’s business panel, I knew I had a role at SGA to help DECA members as well as many other students who wanted this opportunity,” said Qerimi. I’m writing to The Black & White by text message.
Each session began with speakers sharing a 1-2 minute “pitch”. In this pitch, he summarized his profession and briefly described the experiences that led to his chosen career path. Student organizers opened the floor for students to ask questions of the speakers.
Throughout the event, students learned about professional experiences and gathered tips for their future career paths.
“I joined because I wanted to learn more about different careers,” said junior Ella Kaplan. “It was fun to be able to ask various types of people at the end, so I got a sense of what I wanted to do.”
Former Montgomery County Police Department Amazon Emergency Services Manager Dinesh Patil said he spoke at the event to highlight the implications of pursuing a police career and the responsibilities that come with the job. During his career, Patil recognized the important ways policing can contribute to the social needs of communities.
“Trying to figure out how to reach your goals can be daunting,” said Patil. “By hearing different people talk about what their journey was like and what steps they took [and] I believe that even by being brave and taking a step beyond common sense, you can gain a lot of growth through the experiences of others. ”
Parent presenters not only answered career questions, but also offered advice for students to pursue their career ambitions.
Yulia Yashinskaya, Pediatric Infectious Diseases Specialist at the FDA, encouraged her students to learn from new experiences and make the most of the opportunities presented to them.
“Keep an eye out; opportunities always come,” Yashinskaya said. She said, “You may be set in her one path, but other interactions and opportunities will come your way. [can change that] ”
During the opening pitches and Q&A portion of the event, many speakers revealed that their happiness and success came as a result of finding a career they were passionate about. According to Kaplan, the students ended his career day with a clear lesson. Pursue a career you love.
For David Leonhardt, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and senior writer at The New York Times, it’s important that students don’t feel pressured to choose their career path yet. He advised his students to take advantage of the wide range of courses offered at Whitman, explore their own interests and keep an open mind.
“Find out what you actually want to do rather than what you think you should do or what your parents say you should do,” Leonhardt said in an interview. You don’t have to know what you want to do sometimes.”