Edsel Ford Middle School is seeking speakers for the school’s third annual Ninth Grade Career Day on February 9, 2023 to talk to students about various careers.
Dearborn High School will hold its Career Day on February 24th and has begun recruiting speakers through teacher referrals. However, the school is building its own database of high-demand career speakers and would like to add more names and contacts to that list.
Speakers from a wide cross-section of careers are needed for both schools to give students insight into what different jobs entail, such as what employees do, the skills and education required for the job, and salary expectations.
Dearborn’s three traditional high schools have all created career academies where students are encouraged to consider and explore different career options as they plan their lives after high school. A variety of career options are discussed, from practical trades to requiring a degree. Career Day is an opportunity for students to hear more information about career opportunities from various speakers.
Each presentation lasts approximately 26 minutes. Schools would especially like interactive speakers who can talk to students about careers in high demand.
Those interested in performing at Edsel Ford on February 9 are asked to fill out the EFHS Career Day form. Summer El-Mubarak, Edsel Ford Career Academy lead teacher, can be contacted at email@example.com or 313-827-7296 with questions. The career day lasts from 12:30 to 14:45
Those interested in being on Dearborn High’s list of speakers can submit their names through this career speaker interest form or contact DHS Academies Head Teacher Jeehan Nasir at firstname.lastname@example.org or 313-827-7802.
Each high school allows students to choose from four broad career academies: business and hospitality; health sciences; public and human services; and industry, art and technology.
“We are looking for participation from several industry partners so that each academy will come and share their career knowledge with our students,” Ms El-Mubarak said. “We want to give our students the opportunity to listen to as many different specialists as possible.”
Freshmen attend Career Day as they consider which academy to explore for the next three years.
Fordson High School pioneered the Career Academies model and has created its own roster of career speakers, many of whom are alumni of the school.
“We believe the career academy model is the best way to give students an awareness of their options and the purpose of their education as early as their first year of high school,” El-Mubarak said.
“The career academy model raises students’ ambition and engagement,” said Nasir. “I believe that in order for students to have a meaningful learning experience, they need to be intentional about their career options early on and be aware of all the programs and electives that Dearborn Public Schools has available to them. When students see how these electives and programs and the skills taught in core classes relate to their future careers, they are more motivated to get the most out of high school.