Exploring the career world

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Long Beach High School’s Guidance Department hosted a Career Day on March 9 for students to explore various careers and speak directly to professionals. The building’s gymnasium was transformed into an exhibit of vocational fields through booths that students could visit based on their own interests.

A broad assortment of jobs were represented. Guests included accountants, educators, artists, lawyers, bank managers, government officials, doctors, editors, authors, electricians, personal trainers, fashion experts, financial advisors, historians, radio show hosts, librarians, beauty consultants, police officers, nurse practitioners, real estate appraisers, painters, physical therapists, firefighters, psychologists, public relations professionals, metal workers, social workers, ironworkers, steamfitters, and servicemen and servicewomen of the United States Army, Marines and Navy. Students received sample questions to ask the presenters in order to gain the greatest sense of their job role and its 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. In April, a college fair will introduce students to colleges and universities from around the country.