INTERVIEW … Pettisville senior Bella Strauss interviews with Nancy Buckenmeyer from Parker Hannifin out of Metamora. (PHOTO BY JACOB KESSLER, STAFF)
By: Jacob Kessler
The Fulton County Economic Development Corporation held its annual Career Exploration Day at the Crossroads Church in Wauseon.
The event took place on Friday, March 3rd and saw around 300 seniors from six of the Fulton County schools and Four County, in attendance.
This year’s event featured thirty-five employers that, with the help of around seventy volunteers, held mock interviews.
These mock interviews were done to teach students what they can expect once they are out of high school and are interviewing for real.
But what the students didn’t know is that some of these mock interviews had the possibility of getting called back for another interview, summer employment, or an internship after graduation.
Guest speakers also spoke the students throughout the day. One such panel was comprised of recent high school graduates who have made their way into the work force.
They spoke to the students about their experiences, what they learned, their mistakes and successes and how they can overcome issues along the way.
There were also discussions about the many pathways available career wise when they leave school.
Matt Gilroy, the Executive Director of the Fulton County Economic Development Corporation, explained that this event is put on to help give seniors a better start.
“A big part of the reason we do this for students is to help them start off on the right foot and to remain in Fulton County after graduation.”
“There are many good quality jobs, and we want to show them that.”
The event itself is free for the schools to participate with as well as the employers. Mr. Gilroy explained that it does not raise any money and that it is done to give back to the community.
The hope is to also include additional businesses in the future and to expand on the different kinds of careers available to students.
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