NASHVILLE --- Members of the Tennessee State University Athletics Department visited McKissack Elementary School on Friday, March 14 for the third annual Career Day.
Athletics set up a visual display while speakers spoke with the students about education, career paths and how to prepare for the future. The student’s listened to the presenters before asking questions about the specific occupation and the kind of skill or certification it required. Each group of young people rotated throughout the school until visiting each guest speaker.
Jessica Bell, a TSU alum and social worker for McKissack Middle School talked about the importance of the Career Day.
“As a social worker, my job is to not only counsel students but prepare them for their future, whether that’s high school or college. I remember when I was in middle school, I felt like I didn’t know what I wanted to be when I grew up. This is our third year doing this and I want to make it a tradition. Each year it gets bigger and I’m hoping that we can continue to get community support. I’m hoping that our students will leave the Career Day with a few ideas about options so that when they get to high school they will know what to focus on in terms of their elective classes.”
There were a wide variety of professions present at the Career Day including coaches, athletic directors, sales and community relations personnel, attorneys, firefighters, entrepreneurs, business administrators and music producers/writers. In addition to TSU athletics, sports organizations that had representation were the Predators, Titans and Boys and Girls Club.