Plymouth Whitemarsh High School (PWHS) held its first school-wide Career Day on March 5. For three hours, all students had the chance to speak about career opportunities with professionals representing nearly 100 local businesses.
“This is an occasion through which we can expose students to a variety of career options and give them ideas of what they may or may not want to pursue when they leave PW,” said Principal Dr. Jason Bacani. “They may take away some knowledge that could help with future course selection and guide them on a particular career path.”
The event was helpful to freshman Rory Dunleavy.
“I learned of the many job opportunities in my area of interest, and actually learned that I’m more interested in being an occupational therapist rather than a physical therapist,” she said. “I will continue with anatomy as the ideal course track, but electives such as sports medicine also caught my eye after today’s session.”
Freelance graphic designer Alexis Bernardo, a member of the PWHS Class of 2010, was one of the presenters who was happy to share her experiences with students.
“I wish we had something like this when I was in school,” Ms. Bernardo said. “It’s nice to share with students that there are so many ways you can use your different skill sets. There is so much more out there than the typical 9-5 jobs.”
The career fair is one more tool the Colonial School District is using to prepare students for post-secondary life. Partnerships with area businesses and local colleges and universities also provide Colonial students with dual enrollment, internship and job shadow opportunities to guide them on career pathways.