What Students Learn on Career Day

Career day can help your tween dream about the future

Career day is a chance for your tween to learn about professions and possibilities.
Consider talking about your own career at career day, to enhance your child's experience.

Your child's future career may be years off, but that doesn't mean he or she shouldn't start thinking a little about career options. Fortunately, many middle schools hold a career day so that students can learn a little about career options and the working world. Even if your child has no idea about what he or she would like to do one day, attending career day is a good idea. There's a lot that can be learned and ideas may be presented that your child would otherwise never know about.

Below are a few things your child might discover by attending his school's career day.

What Tweens Learn on Career Day

  • They Learn About Different Vocations: The purpose of career day is for young students to learn a little about the different careers that are in demand and what it's like for someone in that profession. Hopefully, your child's school will bring in a variety of volunteers to share their work experiences. You may even consider volunteering and sharing your own job and career experiences with the students.
  • On the day of the event, encourage your child to listen to each presentation and to ask any questions he or she might have. Even if your child doesn't take a particular interest in a career he or she will benefit from knowing more about the options out there and what it's like to be in those particular professions.

  • They Learn About Education: Careers don't just happen, they develop over time and often with specific experiences and education. At career day your child should learn not only about various jobs but also about the education necessary to pursue those jobs. For example, your child will learn about the necessary steps it takes to get accepted into law school, or she might discover that running a catering business requires not only culinary skills but also business management skills. In the end, it's very possible that your child will walk away from career day knowing how important an education and skills are in the workforce.
  • They May Find an Internship or Make a Contact: By attending career day your child might make contact with someone who can advise, mentor or offer up tips and advice on internships, or college admissions. Who knows? It's possible that your child will learn a little about a job or a career that interests him. If so, you might want to encourage your child to make contact with the career day presenter to ask about summer internships or volunteer positions for students.
  • They May Learn What Doesn't Interest Them: It's perfectly alright if your child comes home from career day and announces that he doesn't want to be an accountant or work in a hospital. If he does, don't be discouraged or think that career day backfired. Career day isn't about finding a future job for your child, it's really about learning about what does and doesn't interest him, and to add to his experiences so that one day he will decide on a particular career path.
  • They May Get Excited About the Future: Career day can be an exciting day for a tween. They learn a lot about careers and jobs and may even discover something that makes them think a little about their future. But the best outcome of career day is for your child to come home excited about possibilities. If your child dreams a little about the future, that's probably enough for now.

Bottom Line: Career day is a great experience for your child whether he comes home with plans for the future or a few interesting facts about jobs and careers.