Miriam Academy held its third annual Career Day on March 1st with more than 20 professionals and many career paths represented. This special day leaves a lasting impression for students as they begin setting future career goals.
“Career Day is so important for our students because it helps them explore various career options and leaves a lasting impact,” said Dr. Sue Jackson, Head of School at the Academy. “It’s one of the many ways we help our students begin preparing for life after high school,” she said.
Students heard from professionals in six different categories including: Business, Management & Finance; Health Services; Science and Math; Arts & Communication; Civil & Engineering; and Medical Resources. Students heard from an accountant, physical therapist, veterinarian, civil engineer, fire marshal, and a business development executive, to name a few.
The professionals talked about their job duties, education/training needed, average salary, high school courses that were relevant, and typical day on the job. Students had an opportunity to ask questions after each presentation.
Many of the speakers were parents of Miriam Academy students who took time from their day to share information about their careers. “I was both inspired and honored to present at Miriam’s Career Fair for these amazing young people,” said parent Laurie Taylor, who is a fire marshal. “The students asked some great questions. The St Louis area will no doubt benefit from these exceptional students in the future!” Taylor said.
Parent Marla Conn said presenting at Career Day was a great experience. “Sharing what I do as a book publisher is way different from my role as a Miriam mom,” she said. “It is so important for young adults to have exposure to different career opportunities and learn about the many paths people take as they move through life. Passion was the main theme on how to be successful and fulfilled. It was a pleasure!”
Academy student Alex Ryffel said he enjoyed the day because, “Career Day really brought some insight into everyone’s jobs and possible careers,” he said.
Dr. Jackson said that Career Day is especially important for the unique learners at Miriam Academy to explore different career options and have a chance to meet with real world professionals. “From visits to colleges and technical schools to Career Day, Miriam Academy strives to show students that they have many good options after high school,” she said.