Career fair offers information classrooms cannot | News | The Press and Standard

by | April 17, 2016 5:00 pm

Last Updated: April 13, 2016 at 2:34 pm

Choosing a career is undoubtedly the most important, and one of the hardest, decisions a person makes in life.
And that decision is even harder because the career path is chosen in high school. Seventeen- and 18-year-olds have a difficult time with the reality that the choices they make in picking out a major and college, choosing a technical school or electing to not pursue advanced education will affect them for the rest of their lives.
That’s why programs such as the recent career fair held at Colleton County High School are important. CCHS School Counselor Hannah Tripp gathered representatives from area businesses, the military, law enforcement, city and county offices and area colleges to help our high school’s juniors and seniors see some of the opportunities available to them.
Let’s face it — adults spend more time at their jobs than anywhere else. And the point of having a job is to make money to support whatever lifestyle an individual chooses. That’s another choice to be made: take less money and do a job you love or go for the big bucks. Or try to find a job that offers both. Not an easy decision for any age, much less teenagers.
Unfortunately, our country and state have set curriculums for our schools that include very few “life skills” such as managing personal finances or studying the benefits and drawbacks of the infinite careers available. Thus, most students graduate college and hit real life with no clue what they’re about to face.
Having programs such as last week’s career fair offer students a peek at what life can offer them in the years to come.

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