JAX Chamber Beaches Division and Junior Achievement host JA Career Day at Mayport Middle

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Over seventy Mayport Middle School students explored career options and started planning for their future during JA Career Day on June 26. In its second year, JA Career Day is held by the JAX Chamber Beaches Division in partnership with Communities in Schools and Junior Achievement.

Support from the Hayes Family Foundation made possible the day’s activities. Eleven professionals spanning career fields from IT, insurance, finance, hospitality, government, banking and the military came out to serve as mentors, sharing career advice and answering job-related questions to help prepare middle schools students for the road ahead.

Each business professional was assigned a table at which students conducted “reverse interviews” asking questions about job responsibilities, what a typical day is like and how much education is required to work in that field. After approximately ten minutes students rotated tables, allowing them to interview a diverse group of representatives from businesses and discover jobs they may one day be interested in working.

John Bryan, Director of the Beaches and Chamber Councils, stated “The more young people know about the business world, the more they can start to focus on what is personally satisfying and exciting for them as a potential career.”

Once the workshop finished students received certificates of completion and were treated to a lunch generously donated by Chick-fil-a.

The number of students participating in JA Career Day doubled from last year. Christine Wier and Karen Hughes, both of JAX Beaches Chamber of Commerce Community Involvement, helped organize this event in which students learn the importance of decision making and setting goals.

“At their age, they aren’t thinking about what career they’ll go into. Their young minds are sponges and this day is important because it exposes them to a variety of careers,” said Desmond Demps, Project Manager at Mayport Middle School. “It exposes them to what could potentially be their future.”

Students learned a lot about banking from SunTrust Bank Branch Manager and JAX Chamber Co-Chair of Community Involvement, Karen Hughes.

Students learned a lot about banking from SunTrust Bank Branch Manager and JAX Chamber Co-Chair of Community Involvement, Karen Hughes.

Jonathon Bishop, JA Boy$ Program Manager, shared his career story.

Jonathon Bishop, JA Boy$ Program Manager, shared his career story.

"Reverse interview" questionnaire sheets.

“Reverse interview” questionnaire sheets.

Bobby Siddell, Financial Professional Associate, Prudential, demonstrated his expertise by answering career questions for middle school students.

Bobby Siddell, Financial Professional Associate, Prudential, demonstrated his expertise by answering career questions for middle school students.

Sterling Joyce, Maitre D' at the Casa Marina Hotel and Restaurant, gave students advice on working in the hospitality industry.

Sterling Joyce, Maitre D’ at the Casa Marina Hotel and Restaurant, gave students advice on working in the hospitality industry.

Each student received a certificate for their participation.

Each student received a certificate for their participation.

About Junior Achievement of North Florida Junior Achievement is the world’s largest organization dedicated to educating students about workforce readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy through experiential, hands-on programs. Through an innovative partnership between the business community, educators and volunteers, Junior Achievement of North Florida helps young people connect with relevant learning and the importance of staying in school. This collaboration resulted in 27,883 students reached, during the 2011-2012 school year.

About JAX Beaches Chamber Division The JAX Chamber Beaches Division serves about 500 member businesses while providing relocation and research information to Beaches visitors. The Beaches Community Involvement Committee provides members of the Beaches Division with quarterly opportunities to give back to the community as well as raise awareness of programs offered through the Beaches Division.

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