LB schools students in career searches

Long Beach High School’s Guidance Department hosted its annual Career Day on March 8, when students toured various career booths and spoke directly to professionals. An exhibit of vocational fields was assembled in the building’s gymnasium thanks to local volunteers who provided information and answered questions. 

Students were provided with worksheets that were intended to further engage them in the event and encourage interaction with the presenters. Five different career clusters were identified: Business; Engineering; Health; Art and Communication and Mechanics, Construction and Transportation. Guidance counselors asked students to find at least one job within each cluster, match careers to the skills they involve and ascertain which “tools of the trade” are used. 

As in years past, a broad assortment of professions was represented. Guests included architects, bankers, business development officers, city government employees, court stenographers, doctors and nurse practitioners, educators, editors, financial consultants, graphic designers, cosmetologists, radio show staff members, librarians, lifeguards, online marketing employees, optometrists, painters, physical therapists, police officers, firefighters, solar engineers, ironworkers, veterinarians and more. The Long Beach Police Department brought and displayed a motorcycle at their booth. 

Students asked the presenters about their fields’ roles, responsibilities, benefits, challenges and requirements. College- and career-readiness are strong areas of focus throughout the Long Beach Public Schools, and students are exposed to the opportunities available after high school through many similar activities and programs each year.