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BCMS Career Day 2017

Filed in Archive by on March 24, 2017

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“Do what you love or what you’re good at and you will always be happy.”

That was the advice of parent and 2017 Bethlehem Central Middle School Career Day volunteer Michael Clarke as he played the accordion and talked to students about how honing his skill on the instrument he loved as a child helped him pay his way through law school.

“All I wanted for my thirteenth birthday was an accordion,” said Clarke. “I have been a paid musician since I was 16. Being a musician helped me pay for college and later, for law school.”

The accordion, it turned out, helped Clarke in other ways.

“When I would be picking a jury, if I felt stressed, I’d use a little trick,” said Clarke. “If I felt nervous I would imagine myself wearing my accordion and that would help me.

“If you play an instrument, stick with it,” he told the students who had gathered in the auditorium. “Music is a beautiful thing.”

Though Clarke may have been the only accordion-playing attorney in the group, there were similar words of wisdom echoing throughout the middle school on Career Day, Tuesday, March 21. Dozens of parent volunteers talked to students about their educational backgrounds and what led them to choose a particular career path, and introduced students (and some adults) to careers they might not have thought of before. They also took time to answer questions from the students. 

Career Day is hosted annually by the Family & Consumer Sciences (FACS) department for students in seventh grade.

Corina Santoro, a parent who works for Cengage Learning, a provider of digital textbooks and learning solutions, shared with students what it’s like to work as a product manager.

“A product manager is the CEO of their product,” said Santoro. “We take an idea and begin by writing was is called a user story. The user story helps us think about how people will use something and why.

“Once we have our user story, we prioritize the steps to decide how we will make a product come to life,” said said.

Students paid close attention when Santoro noted product managers earn, on average, $100,000, and often get to travel a lot.

Volunteers representing different professions were grouped as follows:

  • Business and Information
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Human and Public Services
  • Health and Sciences
  • Nature and Agriculture

The seventh graders spent time with each group and took notes on each speaker.

“I didn’t know much about solar lobbying, but now I do,” said student Gavin Follos.

“I was surprised to find out architects don’t use blueprints anymore,’ said Gavin’s buddy Hendreich Alas. “It’s all done by computer now.”

Thank you to all of our speakers who took time away from their busy schedules to teach our students about career opportunities:

  • Julie Sasso
  • Jochen Vogt
  • David Gahl
  • Victor Sevilla
  • John Pocarobba
  • Holly Dellenbaugh
  • Kathy Carlton
  • John Richards
  • Peter Ells
  • Mustafain Meghani
  • Kevin Paulsen
  • Laurel Skultety
  • Florence Wright
  • Mario Commetti
  • Theresa Tybur
  • Kim Donovan
  • Alex Brand
  • Paul Stelmaszyk
  • Carina Santoro
  • Salvatore Merola
  • Jeremy Martell
  • David Thomas
  • Jim Rudd
  • Timothy Burns
  • Sarah Freedman
  • Daniel Proper
  • Doris M. DellaRocco
  • Erik Doherty
  • Jim Ferreira
  • Paul Holstein
  • Dan Colonno
  • Jason Baum
  • Jean Chavez
  • Glenn Castle
  • Brian Valerian
  • Ben Shaw
  • Darren Grabe
  • Kevin Conway
  • Carol Pabin
  • Dan Lilkas-Rain
  • Kathryn Sheingold
  • Wendy Samson
  • Michael Clarke