What do you want to be when you grow up? Every child is asked the classic question but high school students today are seeking legitimate answers.

What do you want to be when you grow up? Every child is asked the classic question but high school students today are seeking legitimate answers.
High school has become a time when students begin seriously considering what career they may want to pursue and to begin preparing for it by taking classes in that area.
On Friday, the annual Sophomore Career Fair was held at Neosho High School with more than a dozen local and area business representatives on hand to provide career information.
All tenth grade students attended the fair, divided into two groups.
Each received a career fair card with eight questions to ask potential employers about various career fields. On the flip side, the card asked students several questions including whether or not talking with someone at the fair influenced their career choice, if the career that interests them was represented, if students visited a college table to talk about degree options and majors, and if all questions on the back were initialed by potential employers. Students who did have all 8 questions initialed were eligible for prize drawings.
The questions students asked potential employers about careers included the amount of education necessary, what they can do now to prepare for the career, to describe a typical day, list challenges associated with the job, where the representatives received their education or training, what qualities a potential employer might look for and what job opportunities are available in the field.
Tables included law enforcement, colleges, construction, a pharmacy, a bank, the Army, an artist, journalism, a theme park, utilities, and the Neosho National Fish Hatchery.
Outside, a fire truck from the Neosho Fire Department, an ambulance from the Newton County Ambulance District, and a tornado shelter company also offered insight and information for students.
At the Branco Enterprises table, students had the chance to try out some power tools and at the table manned by Officer Phillip Whiteman brought along some "drunk goggles" for students to experience being under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
"I'm never drinking in my life," one student stated as she walked away, still wobbly. Students tried to walk a straight line wearing the goggles with difficulty which caused more than a few giggles.
Students came away from the fair with ideas about careers they may want to have in the future. Many were encouraged as they learned the type of education or training needed for their future career as they gathered information to take home.
Neosho High School counselor Mickey Sandford and the guidance counseling staff organized the event. Sandford is the counselor for the Class of 2020, currently sophomores.