Students at THS will have the chance to hear first hand accounts of job opportunities in various fields during the third annual Thomson High School Career Day Thursday, April 14.
A total of 30 business representatives will be talking to seniors, discussing jobs and careers in fields from retail to automotive to medicine, said Mary Ann Kotras, executive director of McDuffie County Partners for Success who helped organize the event with Earl Carr, apprenticeship coordinator at THS. Students were able to choose three categories out of 15 offered and hear 30-minute presentations from local business representatives starting at 8 a.m. at the high school.
"I think it's a good opportunity for us as seniors to listen to someone who works in the field, and not just read about it in a book or on a computer or watch it in a video" said Billy Brunson.
"It helps us narrow down what we might like to do," said Billy, who chose to hear discussions in the fields of education, justice/legal and medical/vet.
"We think the career fair is beneficial to three separate groups," Mr. Carr said.
It helps students, who learn about occupations, it helps the school and the teachers who monitor the sessions and learn about the nature of job opportunities in the area, and it strengthens the bonds between the school and the community, he said.
The fair can help students decide what direction their future may take because it familiarizes them with the entry requirements for particular fields, it teaches them what the work ethics are, and it offers information on what range of wages to expect, Mr. Carr said.
The Thomson High Career Day is unique because it is much more interactive than others which traditionally offer booths with written pamphlets of information, Dr. Kotras noted.
Students can enjoy first hand information in employment fields they are considering, and may even apply for positions with the businesses represented.
"The feedback from the career day is positive from students, teachers and the business community," Dr. Kotras said.