Thursday, 26 December 2013 00:00
Seventh-graders honed their interviewing skills recently as part of a home and careers unit of study in Connie Beovich’s class at Garden City Middle School. Dressed for success, students took turns being interviewed for various age-appropriate positions. Parents and staff acted as prospective employers for jobs chosen by the students. All were interviewed for entry level positions as babysitters, mothers’ helpers, caddies, clerks, camp counselors, and more. “I was nervous, but then got used to it,” said one student. “It’s hard to sell yourself—you don’t want to seem obnoxious.” Guest interviewers included Christine Bernhard, owner of Honestly Delicious in Garden City. Students prepared for the interviews by filling out job applications, practicing in class, and critiquing each other.
Students also learned about various careers from guest speakers including Veterinarian Dr. Sandra Durante who visited her son Christian’s class to talk about her career as a vet. “The class learned what schooling is necessary to be a vet, and also heard about the different types of veterinarians,” explained Beovich. “They heard about the importance of people skills to do well in the career. Vets have to be able to ‘take care of’ pets’ owners as well as their pets. They viewed x-rays of various animals, too, including one containing many skeletons in her uterus. (She was pregnant.) It was an enjoyable and educational experience.”
Submitted by Garden City Public Schools