Will Durant, an American writer, historian, and philosopher, once said that, “Knowledge is the eye of desire and can become the pilot of the soul.”
For eighth graders and high school students, that wealth of knowledge came in the form of a Career Fair event held at Desert High School March 29 that allowed students to gain insight into careers in the civilian, state and military sector.
“An event like this allows students to take away the knowledge that it is up to them to drive their future. They truly are the pilot of their own future. Through this event they learn that there are so many resources available to them so they can take action before they graduate high school in order to be on the path of their desired career,” said Mickey Bowen, 412th Test Wing K-12 Science Technology Engineering and Math outreach director with the 412th Test Engineering Group. “They also learn that gaining experience like volunteering, joining professional societies and researching will make them stand out as ‘take charge’ individuals.”
According to the DHS’s academic advisor and the event’s coordinator, Karen Lawhon, the fair accommodated 100 to 200 students per session, for a total of approximately 500 students, to include students from Boron High School.
“These students are just getting ready to enter high school and will plan their high school courses based on their future goals. The professionals at this career fair can really help them figure out what these goals might be,” added Lawhon. “These students range from confident of their career goals to those worried about what they are going to be when they grow up. That’s where each professional at this fair comes in.”
As for professional representatives, the DHS Career Fair consisted of more than 20 organizations from the base and outside organizations like the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. During the event, each booth not only allowed students to discuss directly with each career professional, but it allowed them to collect informational pamphlets that they may want to research more.
“We truly appreciate the time, commitment and participation of each organization in order to share their career with our students during this year’s career fair,” said Lawhon. “The students are always looking for inspiration and are genuinely interested in what each career has to offer.”
In order to accommodate multiple organizations, the event was hosted in both the DHS gymnasium and cafeteria with military working demonstrations held in the back of the gymnasium, to include interactive demonstrations that some booths provided like the 412th TENG.
“All things considered, this is definitely a worthwhile cause which may influence a young student to become a contributing engineer in our society,” said Jack Earl, 412th TW Instrumentation Design engineer.
“No matter what your business is, there are students who are eager to learn that there is a career ‘fit’ for them,” added Bowen. “The students can’t know that ‘fit’ without you being there to show them the opportunities that await them.”