"The students were all very curious and responsive. They asked about all different types of jobs in my field and specifically the types of skills that move across industries. I wish I could have taken advantage of such an event when I was in high school."
"I enjoyed sharing information about how diverse an artistic career can be and seeing the students inspired by that. It was also great to hear what the students initially thought an artist did"
"I was glad to help support such a wonderful cause! If I am able to reach one student or increase the interest of a student it would feel a success"
"I enjoyed knowing that I had the opportunity to leave an impact on someone's life."
"You can go anywhere with engineering. You’re always learning it, it's constantly changing/developing, which is a beautiful thing."
"How the times have changed for what these people learned and how it's taught or paid for today. More insight on these jobs and the diversity of how much there's needed to learn and what each job handles."
"That in order to be successful you must work hard towards communication, responsibility, and learning how to be independent."
"The biggest lesson that I got was that journalism is not a dying profession. It is important to make connections and get yourself out there in order to be successful. "
According to the Gallup Student Poll, April 2014, “only 33% of U.S. students surveyed in grades five through 12 are success-ready—or hopeful, engaged, and with thriving well-being.” While 54% students surveyed in the U.S. are hopeful, almost half lack hope for the future, reporting they feel stuck in their lives (32%) or discouraged about the future (14%). In keeping with the philosophy of Career Day Inc. this report indicated, 'Hope, encouragement, and well-being are significantly related to student performance, influencing outcomes such as grades, credit earned, achievement scores, likelihood to stay in school, and future employment.'
Career Day Inc. will surely have an impact in creating a tool to encourage every student to understand that they have the ability to find their own path to a happy and fulfilled future. Career Day Inc. will open the doors to that path.
"The students were exposed to a variety of professions they may not know about. Many presenters spoke about skills that crosses professions such as collaboration and perseverance."
"Mr. Pontillo has taught Advanced Placement United States history for over a decade. Mr. Pontillo is the co-advisor for Model UN club and the Mock Trial team (which he has coached since 2000 as well)."
"I was glad to see alumni come to talk with our students. It gives them a strong connection and the idea that other Oyster Bay people have been successful. As a teacher, I usually don't want to lose class time but this was certainly worthwhile."
"It was an excellent way for students to get first hand information from people in different fields in a short amount of time. I loved it and thought it was well organized and overall success."