The Southport Middle School Guidance Department held a Career Fair for our seventh and eighth grade students to support them in career exploration. The event tied into the Naviance classroom lessons that counselors facilitate, which promotes career awareness and helps students develop a deeper understanding of their talents, skills, and personality traits.
The community really came through for this event, with professionals from a wide variety of careers for students to meet and greet. Professionals were set up in a job fair style so students could move around and explore careers that may interest them, ask questions, and gather information. Each of the professionals set up displays with general information about their careers, the qualifications required, the job duties for the featured career.
Many invited students to experience their careers hands-on with drawing activities, social-emotional ice breakers, computer games, microscopic experiments, interactive body models, and medical devices. Even animals, including a police K9 and infant kittens in need of care were in attendance. The professionals also provided brochures and handouts for students to take home, review and share with their parents.
Students concluded their visits by completing a reflection questionnaire on the career/profession of most interest and the action steps they would need to take in order to pursue that career. The media center also supported efforts  by displaying an assortment of career related books for students to check out and research career choices further.It was a great event that we plan to continue year after year.
We are thankful to the business and service professionals throughout St. Lucie County that include:
DeVonica Vaught-Heath Information Technology
Jessica Fulton-Pharmacy Technician
Pamela Giannone-Medical Assisting
Guilene Napoleon-Auguste, Melissa Nazario & Evette Louhisdon-Social Workers
Traci Wilke, Christina Coppola & Cassey Chang-Social Emotional Learning
Sarah Butler-School Psychologist & Ivey Wood-School Psychology Intern
Lieutenant Colonel Alberto Nevárez-Army JROTC
Lisa Lima & Jesse Wilson-Children’s Program Media Specialists
Dr. Lynnly Miller DVM-Veterinarian
Deanna Wilds-Prevention Specialist
Terri Mee-Joy & Lauren Watkins-Occupational Therapists
Michael Caracciolo-Financial Professional
Dr. Ravi Jitta-Chiropractor/Holistic Medicine
Dr. Marcela Radojevic DMD-Orthodontist
Victoria Christensen-Acute Medical Social Worker
KrystiGardner-Make-Up Artist
Charles DeSanti-Urban Planning & Land Development Contractor
Lieutenant Chad Crouse-Firefighter/Paramedic
Cameron Eddy-Restaurant Manager
Ryan Floyd Franchise Owner-SUBWAY
Ryan Briggs-Business manager-Lowes
Deputy Thomas Johnson-Sheriff Deputy, Erik Wilson & Jamie Sparks, Police Training/Recruiting