By Netzaberg Elementary School fourth- and fifth-grade students
NETZABERG, Germany — Teachers and students at the elementary school here hosted a career day, which drew in a number of professionals from across the garrison.
The event familiarized fourth- and fifth-grade students from Netzaberg Elementary School with a variety of careers within the community.
“Career Day provides our students the opportunity to meet with presenters from a wide variety of occupations,” said event organizer and school counselor, Judy Villanueva.
Guest speakers from the garrison workforce included a fireman, a lawyer, pharmacist, writer, military police, mechanical engineer, dentist and a radio DJ, among others.
“Our purpose here is to help students set goals and begin to dream and plan for their future, with an understanding of what might be involved in the careers they are considering,” said Villanueva.
“This event is so meaningful,” said Vanessa Faerber, the school principal. “What’s shared today will leave a lasting impression on these students’ career choices.”
As a matter of fact, it has. Several students changed their minds about what they want to be when they grow up.
“This morning, I wanted to be a firefighter. But now I want to be a writer,” said fourth-grader Shedrick Anderson.
“I wanted to be a photographer and now I’m thinking about being a lawyer,” said Jealin Colon, who is in the fourth grade.
Asked why career day was important, students had various answers. For Lilyana Carrillo, a fourth-grader, career day complemented what she was learning about in school: building bridges.
“We had career day so we can learn about different jobs. We’re building bridges in class and we learned a little bit about engineering today,” Carrillo said.
“We’re having career day so people can tell us about what we might want to be when we grow up,” said fourth-grader Landon Henson.
Maddie Doss, a fourth-grader, said: “We want to know what we can be when we get older.”
And what were the most interesting jobs? Depends on who you ask. But a job that includes working with a friendly dog is certainly popular.
“I thought the MPs (military police) have the best job because they get to work with different dogs,” said Matilyn Lee.
“I think the engineer has the most interesting job,” said Felix Cano Jr., a fourth-grader. “That’s because they make airplanes.”
Editor’s note: The USAG Bavaria Public Affairs Officer, Nathan Van Schaik, spoke at career day and helped Netzaberg Elementary School fourth- and fifth-grade students draft and publish this article.