PHOTO GALLERY: Welsh-Roanoke 8th-graders explore future careers

Published 10:05 am Sunday, May 5, 2024

Eighth-graders at Welsh-Roanoke Junior High School explored future career opportunities Friday during the school’s 2nd annual Career Fair.

Students were able to talk to representatives from various fields about job opportunities, entrance and training requirements, what to expect if they pursue a career, possible salaries and more.

“We want them to take a look at what they want to be, what it will take to get them there and what they expect to make,” Counselor Susanna  Bourque said.

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Students have been learning about career clusters, exploration and career pathways in the classroom. Students also completed a personality assessment and will complete a career portfolio before the end of the school year.

“This is a chance for them to get ready for high school and start thinking about their classes and future careers,” Bourque said.

Information was available on agriculture, law enforcement, cosmetology, information technology, human services and medical services.

Student Paislee Conner said she hopes the Career Fair opens students’ minds to the possibilities that await them.

Conner plans to major in sports psychology.

“I love sports and people I have talked to have told me I give good advice,” she said. “I like being able to help people and want to help others.”

Student Daven Brown wants to be a computer technician, but said the Career Fair offers some really good opportunities for students who may not be so certain about their future.

“Everyone needs to really focus on what they want to be while in high school,” Brown said.

Student Kennya Dugas, who wants to be an ultrasound nurse, loved exploring all the different fields available to students after high school.

“It helps knowing what you actually want to be, but there are some good options available,” Dugas said.

Dazzy’Mya Pitre, who wants to be a lawyer, said the Career Fair offers students more decisions and opens more discussions on potential career paths.


Her advice to seventh graders, “Really listen and make sure you take your career choice seriously. Choose a career and make sure you don’t give up.”