Career Day at OP

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Career Day at OP

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Michael Finnen, Staff Writer

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Friday, April 5th was Career Day for the Juniors and Seniors, and it was a very interesting and enlightening experience for all involved. The day involved many different parents and alumni speaking to the students about their own careers, and teaching everyone how to discern and pursue their career. It was full of helpful tips and great advice from those with experience and was a great outlet for students to ask their own questions and have them answered.

The day began with a question and answer session. The President of the Parents Guild, Mr. O’Loughlin, had a vast questionnaire from which he asked a number of questions to the many parents, panelists, and alumni sitting at the table. The panel consisted of over 10 different people of varying ages, among them were Mr. Rich McMahon, father of senior Dillan McMahon, as well as Mr. Burt Sempier, an alumnus of the class of 2009. The questions ranged anywhere from introductions to the importance of social skills to following your personal passions. The panel served as a very interesting information session, leading into the more personal sessions directly following.

The next part of career day involved each of the panelists going into individual classrooms for personal information sessions and closer question and answer. This part was the perfect opportunity for students to get their own questions answered in a much more personal environment. Students were told to sign up for three different panelists, and they cycled through each of them in about 25-minute sessions. This was also an excellent opportunity for the students to further explore the careers that they found interesting for more information.

After an hour break for lunch, the seniors went to a LinkedIn session, in which they learned the ins and outs of the social networking system, an important service for any job. For the juniors, they split up into two classrooms for a session about learning to make resumes. Two parents, Mrs. Donnelly and Mrs. McAllister, headed the sessions with slide show presentations and offering their personal take on the students’ resumes. Their advice was very helpful, encompassing different aspects of the resume, such as knowing to whom you are applying and making your resume look professional. Overall, it was a very informative session.

On behalf of the juniors and seniors, I would like to thank everyone involved in this year’s career day, it was an enjoyable day with a lot of useful information for each of us searching for our future careers.

 

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