Marie Hiykel, Education Grants Manager
Another one for the books as over 350 students at Bryan Middle School (BMS) participated in a Career Clusters activity, facilitated through AIM’s Careerlink.com/student website. This interactive approach to career exploration provides the students with a real advantage as they contemplate their transition into 9th grade and begin to explore coursework and career options.
Students completed the Hue Are You interest inventory, researched careers associated with their results and discovered information such as, Job Growth, Beginning and Potential Salary, Skills and Experience and the required Educational Level associated with their selection. Based on their alignment with Career Clusters, students also selected electives for their freshman experience.
Special focus was presented on Hot Jobs for the 21st Century with emphasis on careers in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM). To round out the experience, Adam Haeder, AIM’s Vice President of Information Technology, visited with students in AIM’s TRiO Talent Search after school program, Bear Bytes. Adam discussed aspects of being users of technology and the opportunities for
careers in Information Technology which are among some of the fastest-growing jobs today and in the future.
This activity is always a good reminder of the joy and challenges of teaching. We enjoy the opportunity to work with dozens of students who are anxious to learn about themselves while catching a glimpse into what their future might look like based on career options.
The collaboration with the Guidance Counselors at BMS, their planning, and support are what make this instructional opportunity work each year. We had 15 half hour sessions in two days and reached nearly the entire 8th grade cohort. Special appreciation goes to Bryan’s Social Studies teachers who generously shared their classrooms, their time, and most importantly – their students.