SRTC College Fair
Maine (NEWS CENTER) — Over one thousand high school juniors and seniors received intensive career guidance at a college and career fair hosted by Sanford High School and the Sanford Regional Technical Center.
To help students get the most out information out of the seventy different college, employer and military exhibitors at the event, organizers had them fill-out worksheets filled with questions as part of an assignment.
“I try to talk to them about comparing and contrasting what all their options are,” explained Kathy Sargent, a career planning counselor at the technical center. “We tell them, ‘we don’t care what your plan is – we want it to be actually something you can go forward with. We want you to have a plan so when you leave high school you’re not just floundering.'”
The assignment helped the seniors and juniors ask important questions about every thing from admission requirements, to financial aid opportunities, to job placement assistance.
“I think it has really helped them to focus what they need to do here, because college fairs are often times a place where students come and hang out with their friends,” said Sargent. “They get some information and pick up some pens and things, but this gave them a real purpose for being here.”
Senior Ben Yeaton, who is interested in a career in the automotive field after graduation, says having the worksheets helped him ask better questions and helped him to get a better idea of what he would like to do after high school. That said, he still feels a lot of pressure to decide how to best achieve his goals.
“A lot of pressure,” admitted Yeaton. “Everyone is like, ‘what do you want to do with your life? What do you want to do with your life?’ Well, there is so many options that I really don’t know what I want to do. I mean, I want to make a good life for myself, but it is kind of hard to do when you don’t have any direction.”
He says after meeting with several school officials, he has a better idea what his options are.
Organizers say this is the first year they have held a wide-scale event like this, but more than likely, it will not be the last.
See the video at WCSH Channel 6.