In an effort to get the eighth grade students at Woodlawn Middle School motivated and inspired before moving on to the ninth grade, the school’s staff planned a Virtual Career Fair Event to introduce as many different types of careers in our community and beyond to their students.
“We started with a student survey. We wanted to know what types of jobs and careers they were interested in knowing more about,” stated eighth grade Language Arts and Social Studies instructor Angelia Randleman. “The survey led us to create a list of about 30 different careers, ranging from professional athletes, fire fighters, interior designers, chefs, computer programmers and many more. We have been on a mission to contact professionals across the community to do Zoom interviews and record them for students to access later.”
“Utilizing word of mouth and social media we have people from all over the U.S helping us to make this a special and unique experience for the kids,” Randleman continued. “We literally have people from as far west as California and North East as New York. It has been wonderful to see all the people willing to help. I have been happy with all the enthusiasm pouring out during this difficult time. My idea of showcasing a few careers has turned in to an Awesome three-day event. Many thanks to the efforts of Lindsay Russel and Crystal Taylor for helping to track down some of our wonderful guests.”
The Virtual Career Fair at Woodlawn Middle fits into the eighth grade curriculum as follows:
Learning Objectives/Goals: (*What do we want students to walk away with?*)
Lesson Goals: The students will learn about the many different career and job opportunities across our local area as well as the state and U.S.
As part of this process they will learn about personal financial goals and impacts of meeting those goals.
North Carolina Social Studies Standards
Standards: 8. E. 1 Understand the economic activities of North Carolina and the United States.
8.E.1.3 Explain how quality of life is impacted by personal financial choices (e.g. credit, savings, investing, borrowing and giving).