Argyle Middle School Counselor, Tina Shobe, had the initiative to start Career Day in Argyle ISD seven years ago. Today, Argyle ISD celebrated this tradition with numerous parents and professionals, who took time out of their schedule to talk to seventh and eighth graders about their jobs.
“We had tennis players, firefighters, therapists, nurses, CoServ Company came out and the various jobs that are with CoServ. We also had an architect, a presenter from the BNSF Railway , a special agent, Pilates and yoga instructors. So we had a wide variety of different presenters today with different occupations” Shobe said.
Career Day’s purpose is to bring awareness to the seventh and eighth graders on the career opportunities that are out there. Shobe said they want to make the seventh graders to start thinking about their pathway, career, strengths and interests. Eighth graders take an interest inventory to help them with their pathway for high school.
“This is a great opportunity to bring community members and parents; a lot of them are parents from our Argyle students, and talk about their careers” Shobe said.
Career day happens once a year. Shobe schedules 30 minutes four different times, so that the students have the opportunity to see four different presenters out of 20. Usually, they would open it up if some presenters can stay afterwards and students can see and talk to a presenter they did not have the chance to see.
“It’s eye opening for them to not just see ‘Oh! This is a firefighter’ and see the stereotypical image of one. But to actually get on the truck and see all the different dimensions of it” Shobe said. “I really stress to the presenters to talk about the education and what they are going to need in order to become and practice that particular career.”
Fabianna Blanco, an intern with the University of North Texas, is handling media relations for the Argyle Independent School District.