Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Class of 2018 WCPSS Great Xplorations Career Fair (October 23)

The closest we could get to a serious group shot after Bojangles
Broughton's career academy freshmen attended Wake County Public School System's Great Xplorations career fair at NC State University's McKimmon Center on Thursday, October 23. This event included a variety of sessions that involved learning about a variety of career pathways, participating in leadership activities, and networking with representatives from many different industries.

Aiken, Nick, Foster, Phillip, and Parrish during a session
More of the guys listening to a presenter
During "Guess My Gig," we heard from a fashion designer, a flying instructor, a landscape technician, and a WCPSS senior administrator, who discussed their backgrounds, the challenges and rewards of their careers, and the skills, experience, and education needed to succeed in each field.
Pulling together to master the blanket challenge
Kobe & Mathis directing their teams
Aiken attempting to interpret his team's hand signals
Lining up for another activity
Supposedly this was team building, too

We then participated in team building games, led by volunteers from the YMCA and members of the military.The activities were fun, but still emphasized leadership and teamwork. As you can see, this was also a good time for photo opportunities.

John Staton, JT & Clay
Nick, Parrish, & Sasha
Jackson & Drew chatting with WRAL's Ken Smith

During the networking session, students quickly rotated through random small groups where they introduced themselves to many different business professionals. It may have been outside the comfort zone for some, but they all seemed to gain valuable career advice and were able to practice their professionalism. The final session allowed students to explore the many career and technical student organizations offered at Wake County schools while also mingling with peers at other high schools that they'd met during the networking session and throughout the day. Of course, we had to walk over to Bojangles for lunch before heading back to school. Keep scrolling for even more pictures from the day!

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