Archives for November 2012

Many Interests in Many Different Things

As a part of the My Future My Way Career Exploration Fair, freshmen students participated in an essay contest. Students submitted essays explaining why the Career Fair was significant to them and two winners were selected from across the district. Destini J. from Hillwood High School was one of those winners. 

Many Interests in Many Different Things 

Have you ever been lost because of having too many interests in different things? I have, and going to the career fair helped me realize what I really want to do and where I want to go. How did this field trip impact me you ask? Well, it helped me decide on my future career, it gave me the opportunity to explore and discover different things about different jobs, and it made me view school in a different way.


This field trip helped me discover a huge interest, at first I wasn’t sure of what job I wanted to pursue and I was striving for an opportunity like this to be able to dig out more information so I can narrow down my ideas for my future. Honestly, this field trip couldn’t have been more convenient for me considering that high school is part of what determines where you end up later on; I have to make a decision as early as possible to figure out what I have to accomplish to achieve my goal. When I saw the variety of different people presenting their careers, it made me feel like they were proud of their jobs and what they have worked for to become and I want that for me to, I don’t want to look back and feel like I should have chosen something else.


The best thing about the field trip was being able to explore so many jobs at once. I love how creative everyone was in presenting their careers, it was very detailed. Before, I could only infer about some jobs from what I saw; not only, did I get to explore them  but also, I discovered new things about different jobs I had no prior knowledge of. For example, I’ve always thought that pathologists worked independently, but I found out the total opposite they actually work in teams and communicate with patients.


A lot people’s stories always start as,” I had a dream of” and end with, “but I ended up with “. All because they didn’t take school seriously and work hard for their dream. Now in the present, I don’t think many adolescents take anything seriously anymore and it made want to be different. I really want to get somewhere and be someone in the future and I believe that what I do in high school is my ticket there. I used to see school as boring  and really didn’t understand the purpose but, the field trip made me realize that I won’t be able to be as proud of my future job as they were if I don’t work hard for it.


Not Just Another Predictable Day

As a part of the My Future My Way Career Exploration Fair, freshmen students participated in an essay contest. Students submitted essays explaining why the Career Fair was significant to them and two winners were selected from across the district. Chris W. from Hillwood High School was one of those winners. 


Not Just Another Predictable Day

            At first, I had little to no expectations of the Career Fair; I only hoped that it would not be a waste of time.  I thought we would board the bus, drive all the way downtown, and unload the bus just to waste more time.  My doubts were almost confirmed, but something changed as I walked through the Convention Center doors; something I expected to be so dull, so bland, turned out to change my life.

Stepping through those doors left me speechless.  An air of quietness, only interrupted by escalators and 9th grade chatter, was quickly replaced by the noisy, busy, hectic world of adult professionals.  An enormous room lined with booths and people overtook my senses.  A world of choice lay before us.  The main choice to make was how I could best take advantage of this amazing opportunity.

Immediately, my eyes shot to the “Arts, Media, and Communication” banner.  After wandering through in awe of the amount of people, I came across a booth which provided for me an experience I will never forget.  As I approached the Goodwill booth, fear washed over me.  Would my handshake be proper?  Would the conversation and my interview questions come naturally?  As I shook hands with Danielle Taylor, a career counselor for Goodwill, this fright was replaced by a sense of intrigue and curiosity.  I was ready to gain a taste of the “working world.”

“Helping people find jobs—that’s what motivates me.”  Those words spoke to me as they emerged from Ms. Taylor’s mouth.  A true dedication to her job, that’s what I felt.  It is rare to come by an adult that truly cares.  I can only hope to choose a job where I will feel this same dedication every day as I drive to work in this busy world.  As I walked away, I honestly felt better about life.  I felt hopeful.

As I continued wandering around in search for something that spoke to me, I encountered the Nashville Zoo.  There, I met a kind lady named Ann; she educated me on the tasks and regulations of working at the zoo.  What could seem so easy, caring for and playing with animals, is actually incredibly complex.  It shows the need for preparation and professionalism.  This is yet another quality I learned about at the Career Fair.

I then stumbled upon the NES workers.  Being someone who aspires to do something with writing, I didn’t think I’d benefit much from this round of interviews, but I was wrong!  I soon learned that being a lineman had more to it than climbing electric poles.  It actually requires skills and acute awareness; there is much more to the job than simply climbing poles and repairing power lines.  “You have to keep conflict inside the business,” explained Tony Davis. “You have to work fast and work smart to get the job done efficiently,” he told me.  Yet again, I was learning tips to survive the working world.  What started as nothing important turned into a crucial morning for me.

I woke up Wednesday morning expecting another predictable day.  I was truly surprised by the MNPS Career Fair.  It was an experience that shaped and reformed my views towards becoming a responsible working adult; I was given the opportunity to see inside the daily lives of professionals I would have never met without the Career Fair, and I now have a better understanding of what it means to work and what I need to do to prepare myself.  Trying my best in high school, taking advantage of all opportunities provided like this one, developing needed skills for the workplace—that’s what is actually important for me during my high school years, and these goals start now during my freshman year.  The MNPS Career Fair inspired me to better myself and try harder in order to succeed and someday have a career where, like Danielle Taylor, I am truly inspired by the work I do.

My Future My Way Career Exploration Fair

Thousands of Nashville Freshmen students filled the halls of the Nashville Convention Center on Oct. 24 for the 4th annual My Future My Way Career Exploration Fair. Freshmen high school students from 18 high schools across Nashville attended the career exploration fair to learn about the various careers from the Academies of Nashville business partners. Throughout the day, there was a myriad of activities for students to participate in– from interviewing through mock, virtual job interviews to simulating blood drawing on manikins to seeing the inside of a stretch limo.

Whiles each students’ experience was unique check out some of the numbers from the event:

18 participating schools

5,358 students in attendance

114 participating businesses

224 careers showcased

36,750 square feet packed with students and exhibitors

1 amazing sponsor


A huge thank you is also due to Shoney’s for being this year’s naming sponsor of the event as well as the Nashville Chamber of Commerce for helping make everything come together. Finally, a round of applause is due to the 5 partnership councils for the extraordinary participation by our business partners. Events and opportunities like the Career Exploration Fair would  not be possible without the support of the community!

Hillwood students learns the business of the arts

Job shadowing give students the opportunity to see the realities of a profession or industry and the connections between learning and the real world. Delores L., a student from Hillwood High School’s Academy of Art, Design and Communications,  participated in an internship this summer though the Frist Center of the Visual Arts. In this post, Delores writes about her experience.


On October 23, 2012, I had the opportunity to job shadow at The Frist Center of the Visual Arts. When I first arrived I was warmly greeted by the Director of the Education and Outreach Program. She gave me a tour of Frist and explained the significances of some of the various structures of the building and exhibits. I proceeded to the Education and Outreach Department, and later met with the Tours and Programs Coordinator. He talked about what his position entails at the Frist.


I then got the chance to meet with the Outreach and Educator for Public Programs where I learned how the Frist promotes exhibits and outside programs. The Educator for Public Programs told me that you have to be really organized for her job because things are always changing and you’re always trying to keep up with everything. The next stop was part of the museum which is called Martin ArtQuest. It was a really cool place, it had a lot of art stations where you can make and design you own artwork. After a very busy morning, I had a networking lunch with the Director of Education and Outreach and a few other people from my morning visit. This gave me a chance to ask some questions about the Frist and got to know the Director of Education and Outreach a little better.


After lunch I met the Design and Operations Director. He took me to one of the largest exhibits which is called “Carrie Mae Weems: Three Decades of Photography and Video”. He showed me some blueprints of the exhibit and explained how his team and he create a design and then presents the design to the artist for approval. If the artist does not like some parts of the design, they worked together to get a good compromise. The Design and Operations Director pointed out items in the exhibit that the Design Team had to modify and how they set the lighting, choose the background colors and arrange the photos in a way that it would draw the visitors in and make the art stand out. With this in mind, I had the opportunity to visit the Design office and meet a Graphic designer who was working on a future exhibit and view a board in the exhibit room that showed plans for a future exhibit.


At the close of the day, I had the opportunity to meet again with the Director of Education and Outreach and express my appreciation for the opportunity to job shadow at the Frist and tour the “Carrie Mae Weems: Three Decades of Photography and Video “. This experience gave me the opportunity to observe how a museum operates and the many jobs that are incorporated. I love the part where I got to shadow the Design and Operations Director. I want to work in a design field, and this gave me a chance to see how it functions.