Tuesday, May 25, 2010
Parent to Parent: Kids and Careers
All parents want their kids to be successful and find a good job. In tonight's Parent to Parent, 7's Lynn Martinez shows us how junior achievement is helping kids do just that.
WSVN -- Lazaro Acosta is planning his career.
Lazaro Acosta: "A lifeguard. I want to be a lifeguard."
So is Paula Suarez.
Paula Suarez: "I want to be a veterinarian."
From Coast Guard officers.
Officer: "There's proper speed, a proper side to be on."
To police divers.
Police Diver: "This is what helps us breath."
Students get to try on lots of different jobs at Career Day.
Lazaro Acosta: "It gives me a chance to see what I want to be when I grow up. I'm so young so I have many opportunities to see what I want to be."
Today's event at Sunny Isles Beach Community School is a real eye opener for kids.
Scott Galvin: "It's important because it's giving them real interaction with real business professionals. It exposed them to a wide variety of jobs they probably didn't even know existed."
Cassie: "My name is Cassie and I work for Sam's Club."
Kids get to meet people from all kinds of jobs and it's a plus for employers too.
Erick Torres: "We want to make sure that we have a lot of good talent out there for the future and this is where it starts."
Experts say it's important to expose kids to career options at an early age.
Dr. Val: "To get people in that are excited about what they do across a wide range of careers is fantastic. It lets children know they can do just about anything."
And they can start thinking about those choices based on their own interests and strengths. Parents like Career Day because it helps kids understand why school is so important.
Paula Acosta: "Some children say and my son has told me 'why do I have to study math and why is this important' and I think that this makes the connection for them."
Officer: "Basically, what we do with this is we ride it on the beach."
It's all about new possibilities and getting kids to dream big.
Paula Acosta: "You never know when a child is going to see someone in a profession that inspires them to do good in school and to graduate- and that's what we hope for."
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