WAYNESFIELD — Waynesfield-Goshen Local Schools students experienced a new twist to their old career day format as they participated Tuesday in a Career Fair in the high school gymnasium.
The school district, which has been hosting a career day for 15 years in the community, typically had students listen to presentations from area professionals in different classrooms throughout the day.
This year, the Career Fair organizers decided to try something new and closer to the more traditional career fair format. All the professionals had booths in the gymnasium where students could stop and take advantage of time to ask questions one-on-one at the 39 different stations.
“We wanted to try something new,” teacher and event organizer Lori Dyer said. “With this format, we were able to get twice as many speakers for the kids to talk with. The kids can come and talk to the guest and ask whatever questions they might have.”
The event featured representatives from a wide assortment of career and professional choices, including the armed forces, the Lima Fire Department, real estate agents, teachers, chemical dependency counselors, teachers, and heath care workers. Small business owners, county government officials and representatives from civic clubs were also available.
“This was about as big of a variety as we have had,” Dyer said. “There students were able to directly speak to different people about career paths they might have. They can get direction of which way to go with their next step if they want to go a certain direction. Hopefully they get the information about things that interest them.”
The fair, under Dyer’s oversight, was completely arranged and put together by students from her animal science class as a class project.
“All of the people representing the different industries were people that the students knew or contacted,” Dyer said. “They put this together themselves. I think they did a great job.”
The event was held for students from the sixth grade through seniors in high school and was separated into sections so students would have plenty of time to ask any questions they had.