Tempe Academy First-Ever Career Day a Huge Success!
Tempe Academy of International Studies was buzzing with excitement as students learned the ins and outs of diverse professions at the school’s first-ever career day. Nearly 40 different organizations participated in this event representing a variety of industries, including small and large businesses, government, public safety, education, health, nonprofits, and more!
With planning beginning in October 2016, Tempe Academy Librarian Oanh Nguyen made a mission to recruit as many conventional as well as unconventional organizations to the school’s career day to fit the diverse interests of Tempe Academy students.
“The goal was to allow students to see how their interest and talents could translate into a career,” said Nguyen. “The presenters were knowledgeable, passionate, engaging, and personable. They made the event memorable for our students!”
Guest presenters situated themselves at tables in the Tempe Academy gym while groups of students circled around to learn more about their careers. Students had 15 minutes to listen to each presenter speak, as well as ask questions before moving on to the next table. Students carried around a passport booklet documenting their experience, such as the most interesting fact they learned or follow-up questions.
Students were courteous and asked intelligent questions, often surprising the presenters with their knowledge and critical thinking skills. Principal David Owen was particularly impressed by the level of engagement from students.
“It’s great to hear such inquisitive and thought-provoking questions from our students,” said Owen. “It’s also exciting to hear them share their enthusiasm for these careers among their peers.”
Guest presenter Robin Rio, associate professor of music therapy at Arizona State University’s Herberger College of the Arts, was excited to share her occupation to students who were interested in making a career out of their love for music.
“I found that many students had never heard about music therapy before,” said Rio. “So it was exciting to answer their questions as well as have them participate in playing with the variety of instruments we use.”
Tempe Police Officer Lisa Ball has been actively involved with Tempe Elementary schools and was also excited to be a presenter at Tempe Academy’s Career Day. Ball was most impressed by the wide-ranging questions from students who wanted to learn about both the positive and challenging aspects of her career.
“It was great to have open conversations with these students,” said Ball. “It’s all about building relationships so that students can better understand our role in the Tempe community.”
Walking around the gym, you would have seen some sharply dressed students! Many students participated in Tempe Academy’s "Dress for Success" spirit day and wore work-like attire for the day. Dressed in a professional blouse and skirt, Eighth-Grader Chalaya Taylor was one of these students.
“The presenters were inspiring because they were open and honest, which made me feel that their careers were attainable,” said Taylor. “You could tell they were not just in their career for the money, but for the right reasons of helping people.”
At the end of the event, it was plain to see that Tempe Academy staff and administration were very pleased with the success of their first-ever career day.
“The presenters were very complimentary of our students and our students had fun learning,” said Nguyen. “It was a great feeling that the event was mutually enjoyable!”