Ten Rockwood high school students interested in a career in business attended a career exploration event at Dierbergs corporate office.
Career exploration is offered to high school juniors, giving them the opportunity to investigate what a job in their prospective career is like, by partnering them with a business. Student participant Jack Hayden said he signed up for a career exploration event so he could get a feel for what the rest of his life could potentially be like.
"We learned about the positions in the Dierbergs company, and seeing what it takes to run a successful business," said Hayden. "Seeing all the little moving parts of the whole picture makes me realize it's a real job. It validated that I am going into business in college and in my professional career."
Rockwood PIE (Partners in Education) facilitator Jody Waller coordinated the event with Dierbergs. She chose Dierbergs as a business partner because they provided a good combination of speakers.
"It's unique how Dierbergs touched on every single thing that these business students were interested in, and how they showed it all tied together," she said.
Hayden said he enjoyed hearing from the speakers.
"They each had their own way of attaining their position. They all said that asking questions is crucial to your success," said Hayden.
Both Hayden and Waller said they recommend the program.
Waller said, "I felt that it was very educational and informative. It really opened their eyes to things that they really hadn't thought about."
"It is a sneak peek of what the future could be like, or what it could not be like. It's good to experience it while you are young, to help yourself make decisions down the road," Hayden said.
--by Nicole Gutierrez, student intern with Project Interface and the Rockwood Partners in Education program.