Career Day sparks interest in future jobs

Midlakes Middle School students recently received a behind-the-scenes look at several jobs during Career Day.

Speakers from multiple industries exposed students to different careers and other opportunities.

“It is really important to me when I come in and do this to support them in the right direction,” said Nick Hargarther, of Clifton Springs, a volunteer at Phelps Library. “It’s giving them a resource, so if there is something they want to do we can help.”

The library has, along with books, a makerspace where students can start to dabble in soldering, woodworking, fiber arts and paper crafting. Students at Career Day were able to try on the library’s Oculus Rift virtual reality headset to design and draw in a virtual world.

Other presenters included a video game designer, pharmacist, nurse, electrician and news editor, along with sheriff deputies and farm operators. All spoke with the goal of helping students discover the training needed for a specific job, along with pay and hours.

Chris Meehan, a co-owner of The Frame Shop in Fairport, said his job is more than putting wood and glass around photos. He helps preserve treasured moments for families and individuals.

Students were required to write down questions to ask the speakers, along with at least five things they learned throughout the day.

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