Temple Hill Hosts Second Annual 5th Grade Career Panel
On March 13th, Temple Hill Academy hosted their second annual 5th Grade Career Panel that was facilitated by Juana Rivera. This event was an opportunity for students to interact with four professionals in a wide variety of career areas to learn about what it takes to prepare for a specific career and what it takes to be successful in the world of work in general.
The four guest speakers were Ms. Tara Jackson, a professional Chef, Mr. Joe LaGrutta, a Marketing and Analytics Consultant/ Entrepreneur, Ms. Erika Monell, a Certified Personal & Professional Coach who is also an IT professional, and Mr. Loui Cardenas, an Police Officer for the NYPD.
Each panelist was asked a series of questions followed by a Q&A sessions for students to ask their questions.
Chef Jackson stressed the importance of clear communication and mindfulness as tools to overcome challenge and safety hazards when working in a kitchen.
Officer Cardenas chose to work the night shift so he’s able to spend quality time with his family and attend daytime school events.
Mr. LaGrutta, a marketing professional, reminded the students that we learn so much from our failures and to jump at opportunities that come their way, even when afraid.
Ms. Monell shared her advice for family and friends to “Do what you love!” Money will come later. What brings you joy…start there!
Additional words of wisdom shared from the panel:
- Learn as many languages as you can now.
- Treat others nicely.
- Learn how to grow food.
- Be confident.
- Balance life.
- Set priorities.
- Family first.
- Get to know people.
- Interact with people unlike you and embrace your differences.
- Do your job in a professional way.
- Take care of yourself.
- Pause before you speak.
- Make time and goals for spending time with family and friends.
- Think about your future, including retirement savings and what kind of benefits you want.
- You can have more than one career in your lifetime so don’t be afraid to try new things that make you happy!
TEACHERS: Are you and your students doing something great? Please contact your Communication Strategist. We’d love to attend or post your pictures and recap to highlight the amazing accomplishments throughout our district! Grades PreK-5 Amanda McDowell (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Grades 6-12 Cassie Sklarz (email@example.com).