The efforts since the start of school by 40 Winterboro High freshmen culminated this past week in a “Reverse Career Fair.”
Career tech instructor Jesse Gable’s students took a career assessment test similar to the MAPP (Motivational Appraisal of Personal Potential) Career Test. The results gave his students the top five careers best suited for them.
Gable’s class was then asked to narrow it down to one final career, which would be used for their career fair presentation.
The reverse career fair was set up so Mr. Gable’s class could present their career choice to their teachers, family, friends and peers, the reverse of the typical job fairs where students have career options presented to them.
“The students were each given one invitation for a guest of their choice and will also have the chance to share their presentations with the entire high school,” Gable said.
Winterboro High’s reverse career fair was divided into 11 different tables with four different career field categories.
The theme of the career fair was “Career GPS.” Students were asked to answer the driving question: “What is the destination of our career path?”
“I wanted the students to think about their potential careers and the steps it takes in order to get it done,” Gable said.
Those represented include: business, industrial, medical, education and other miscellaneous professions.
Students selected a broad range of careers, including but not limited to: prosecution attorney, marketing manager, news anchor, cosmetologist, manufacturing engineer, mechanic, crane operator, physical therapist, registered nurse, band director, zoologist and a forensic scientist.
Chloe Williams, who wants to one day become a news anchor, is getting a headstart on planning her career.
“I would like to attend JSU,” she said. “My sister is a student there and she enjoys it.”
Demondre Robinson has his hopes set on becoming a manufacturing engineer.
“I really like to design things and I have a strong work ethic that’s needed to be an engineer,” he said.
Students were graded on a written essay about their career choice and also their digital presentation. Instead of using Powerpoint, the freshmen used iPads to make his or her own infographic.
Students were asked to research the following to create a digital infographic: education requirements, current salary or pay, work environment and also the future outlook on their selected profession.
For feedback, students asked guests to scan a QR code for a three-question survey about his or her performance.
“Typically, Powerpoint is used for these types of assignments, but I felt it was important to keep bringing in new tech tools, so we used iPads instead,” Gable said.
This is Gable’s third year teaching at Winterboro, and it was also the third time his students presented a reverse career fair.
In the future, Gable would like to set up field trip opportunities for his students to attend professional career fairs.