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Windows to the Workplace: What Is It?

Submitted by jennifer.dunn on Tue, 01/26/2016 - 10:38
Leighlou Brown; SJHS Staff Writer

Do you hear over the announcements about Windows to the Workplace? Ever wonder what it is? Windows to the Workplace is an activity during Quest Time in room K307. People with different job professions come and show students what they do. Mrs. Distefano, the ninth grade counselor, said, “This is the third year we have been doing the career presentations.” SJHS tries to do it at least twice a month.

On Thursday, November 12, they had Terri Sawyer, a social worker, come to SJHS. She showed students what she does and answered questions for them. Carson Poole, an eighth grader, said, “I usually always go to see what types of jobs are out there.” 

Derek Diaz, an eighth grader, said he went with a friend and enjoyed it more than he thought.  According to Derek Diaz, Windows to the Workplace is always a fun thing to do. “You can get candy and learn about different jobs.” He went to learn more about possible future career options.  According to Derek, he thinks it interesting. He likes the way the social worker explained how and what she did.

Carson said, “It’s really fun, and you should go.” She likes how everyone gets involved. According to Mrs. Distefano, she thinks it is important for junior high students to start learning about careers. 

“Windows to the Workplace is a fun way to learn about future jobs,” according to Carson Poole. She thinks getting to learn about the careers is what is fun.  

Mrs. Distefano said, “Typically presenters share what they do in their occupation, how much education or training they needed, what the job outlook is like, and what an average salary would be for that career.” According to Mrs. Distefano she feels it is a valuable way for students to spend Quest Time, and she hopes students will take advantage of the opportunity.