NFA to Host Career Expo for Students
As the workplace changes so must the work force. According to Jeanne Meister in a 2012 article in Forbes Magazine, “job hopping” is becoming the new norm, and data from the bureau of Labor Statistics supports her claim. The average worker today remains in a job about 4.4 years, the youngest members of the workforce, 91 percent of Millennials (born between 1977 and1997), stay in a job for less than 3 years. These figures imply that younger workers will have 15-20 jobs during a career.
Job mobility has strong implications for the education community. Schools must prepare students with a broad, flexible skill set, a firm foundation in critical thinking and problem solving, fundamental self- understanding, and knowledge of the work world.
As a business teacher, Head of Career & Technical Education Department Linda Farinha knows a lot about the employment world. Last year, with English teacher Michael LeFevre and guidance counselor Kat Machnik, she designed a project to broaden the horizons of NFA students about their working future, whether they intend to pursue education or training after high school, or not. The faculty responded with overwhelming support to arm students with knowledge and experience so they have the information to be successful in their job and career.
Wednesday, the half-day before Thanksgiving break, will be Career Expo Day at NFA. All students in grades 9-12 will have the opportunity to attend 3 presentations with professionals in a variety of careers and fields and to attend 2 career skills workshops, including “Resume Writing & Cover Letters”; “Interviewing”; “Diversity & Teamwork in a Global Workplace”; “Workplace Communication”; “Dressing for Success/Social Media”; “Advice from Recent Alumni”; “Finding a Job”; “Workplace Dos & Don’ts”; and “Planning for Your Financial Future.”
Among those working with NFA students will be a licensed land surveyor, a utility project engineer, a CBS News and 60 Minutes Associate Producer, newspaper reporters, published authors, bankers, real estate agents, and financial advisers. Included will be carpenters, electricians, plumbers, HVAC technicians, computer repairmen, digital strategists, network specialists, and general contractors. Medical personnel will include a physical therapist, dentist, dental hygienist, veterinarian, certified nurse-midwife, and paramedic.
There will be pastors, firefighters, licensed therapists, politicians, state policemen, attorneys and paralegals. Some of the more unusual presenters will include models, radio hosts, executive chefs, an aquarist, a licensed funeral director and a zoo keeper.
Farinha says, “There is something for everyone to explore.” Considering Labor Department statistics, students need to develop general career awareness as early as they can.
The annual Lillian S. Young Spelling takes place 6 p.m., Tuesday in Slater Auditorium. This year’s competition promises to be intense as many students in each grade level qualified for the final round.
Competing are seniors Katherine Deng, Alexander Fritz, Arsal Shah, Megan Weir and Selena Williamson; uppers Paul DiFrancesca, Nicole Lak, Benedict Portugal, Connor Provost, Shandara Smith and Logan Tracy; lowers Erin Baxter, Jaedon Brown, Daniel Drainville, Margaret Lewerk, Julia Little, Neve Morales, Caleb Rak, Sunny Sarker, Vincent Wang, Sharidan Witkowski and Joyce Yuen; and juniors Guado Mary Benoit, Alison Black, Rebekah Burke, Morgan Langley, Sara Milano, Maura Sanchi, Daisy Wang and Zilin Yang.
The bee is organized by English teacher and administrative intern Debra Kendall, and social studies teacher Lorraine Dooley ‘88 will moderate the competition. Judges include Peter Camp ‘99, assistant principal, NorwichPublic Schools, and Sarette Williams ‘78, vice-chairman, NFA Board of Trustees.
2014 Graduates Gather
The Academy’s "Zero Year Reunion” will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday in the cafeteria. It allows NFA’s most recent graduates to re-connect five months after graduation in a yearbook distribution and signing event with a luncheon.
Students who pre-ordered a yearbook should bring ID’s to pick up; a limited number of yearbooks are available for purchase ($75, cash only). Those unable to attend may pick up their yearbook at Alumni House beginning Dec. 1.
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John Meyer Exhibition
SlaterMuseum seeks factory workers or those who wore clothing produced by John Meyer of Norwich to interview for a special exhibition planned for 2015. Video interviews are planned for Dec. 1; to make an appointment call 860-425-5563.
School dismissal is at noon, Wednesday, November 26. There is no school Thursday or Friday. Classes resume Dec. 1.
FINAL THOUGHT: Oprah Winfrey says “Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more.”