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Career Day

For this career day, I did not have the opportunity to job shadow somebody due to complications. However, here at high tech, we still had workshops to complete and with them things to learn. Some of the workshops we went to included:

  • Career Exploration
  • Professionalism
  • FIDM: Discovering your creativity
  • Naviance update/College Prep
  • In the career exploration workshop activity, we primarily learned about the future of careers, and different opportunities that await us in the future. Then, later on, we took a look at different types of thinking capabilities and states of mind, and how they may reflect on which career we choose for the future. Of these types of thinking, they focused mostly on realistic, investigative, artistic, social, enterprising, and conventional thinking before discussing different career opportunities are most suited for each one. After that, the presenters advertised Grand Canyon University, which was the college that they were representing, and highlighting how it was good at giving majors that fitted all different types of thinking. From this, I learned about how different ways of thinking can help you when choosing different majors in college, and even more importantly, the career you choose later on in life.

    After that, we learned about professionalism in the workshop in the commons area. From this, we learned about the importance of keeping a professional impression with a company so that they feel more inclined to hire you. We also learned about the importance of social media when finding an opportunity for careers, due to the advantages it presents when sharing information pertaining to your career capabilities. They also stressed the importance of making sure that social media websites wouldn't do anything to hurt a possible career reputation by displaying information that is inappropriate or non-work related.

    Next, we went to a "FIDM" meeting where we learned about the importance of creative ability, and how it can aid us in our years of college and careers that await us. To start, they started discussing the science behind creativity, which was essentially about how the brain handles information. They told us that while the left half of the brain handles factual information, the right side of the brain works with creativity. After that, we went through different quick exercises to test our creative capabilities visually, and audibly. First, we tried tapping into creative capabilities by listening to different sound clips and trying to make a story from what we heard. Next, we looked at pictures that took our creativity to find hidden images. These included the famous "Vases or Faces" illusions, the "Old hag or young lady" illusion, as well as other more infrequently used illusions. From this workshop, we basically learned about the importance of creativity.

    And last of all, we did a quick class dedicated to our Naviance update. Naviance is basically a website that includes quizzes, selections, and information that can help you with colleges or careers. During this time, we were given the opportunity to update, explore, and get accustomed to Naviance. We were also given a special document, title "The Roadmap to College" which gave us a few things that we could do to get a head start on landing the college of choice. Now since I didn't know what else I needed to do for Naviance, I went to this "Roadmap" and found that it was full off useful information. Not only did it include a wealth of categorized information for all grade levels in high school, but a wealth of interesting facts concerning different things that we encounter in the future on our way to a university. Some of these little gems of information included a sample question from the SAT, comparing the SAT quiz to the ACT quiz, and showing some of the common myths about both quizzes. It personally got me interested in the ACT quiz, sinse it mentioned that the ACT could be taken as many times as you'd like, and that you can choose which quiz colleges see when deciding if they'd accept you or not.