Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Opportunity Fair Gives Sophomores Chance to Schmooze with the Pros

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Opportunity Fair Gives Sophomores Chance to Schmooze with the Pros

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An emergency-room nurse, a lawyer and an industrial engineer were a few of the professionals who shared information about their jobs with about 200 sophomores from high schools in north St. Louis County.

Twenty-eight careers were represented at a recent Sophomore Opportunity Fair sponsored by the North County School Business Partnerships. About 20 students from 12 public and private schools had a chance to talk to professionals about salaries, career paths and the education and experience needed to be successful.

"As a social worker, you can be anywhere you want," Teri Reiter said to a group of students. "Anywhere you find someone who isn't coping with their environment, there's a place for a social worker," Reiter, a social worker at Delmar Gardens South, told a group of students. Reiter shared her enthusiasm with her career with sophomores and explained that a social worker can choose his or her job setting: working with children in foster care, children or adults with mental illness, crisis intervention with families or working with homeless people. "You not only help with advice, but you help them find tools to survive," Reiter said. At a different booth, Rob Gruner, a hair stylist with the Academy of Beauty, shared information about being successful in his field. "Your personality will make you more money than your skills," says Bruner. "Learn to smile and be nice to people. Our business is personable." At each different career booth, professionals shared their passion about their fields. Students had the opportunity to learn more about forestry, education, health care, technology, construction, travel, law, administration, public service, performing arts, communications, marketing and social services. Steve Larson, a technologist with the Florissant Valley Fire Protection District, said he enjoyed saving lives. …

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