Every year, the Clarksville-Montgomery County School System hosts a career day for eighth-graders to inform them about different career fields.
This year, Soldiers of 101st Airborne Division Sustainment Brigade, Lifeliners, 101st Airborne Division participated in the Seventh Annual Eighth Grade Career Exploration Day, Nov. 16-17, at the Wilma Rudolph Event Center in Clarksville.
Karen Pitts, a career and technical education coordinator with the CMCSS, said students took a career interest test a year before the event to help steer them toward the careers of their interest.
For students to have a better idea of their career options it is important to have representatives who work in those fields to talk to the students, Pitts said.
“Teachers in the classrooms can tell students what the different careers are about, but it has more meaning and provides a clearer picture talking to someone currently working there,” Pitts said.
Soldiers in finance, military police, communication, legal and engineer career fields from the 101st Abn. Div. Sust. Bde. attended the event and spoke about their various experiences.
“A lot of students in the district have Family members in the military and [the students] want to become members of the military,” Pitts said. “We want them to understand the different opportunities they have once they join.” Soldiers from the Lifeliner Brigade manned booths according to their career fields to help students better understand the numerous jobs available within the military community.
First Lt. Raymond F. Kiemen, a military police officer with the 101st Abn. Div. Sust. Bde, represented the military police branch of the Army during the event.
“I thought it was an interesting and useful idea splitting us up,” said Kiemen, who is the provost marshal for the Lifeliner Brigade. “A student who is looking specifically for a career in law might not think they have that available in the military, so going down the row of tables and finding Soldiers in those sections I hope was helpful.”
Kiemen said joining the military was not something he planned on doing until college, but believes if he had gone to an event similar to the career exploration day, it might have influenced his decision to join sooner.
Pitts, who reaches out to the Soldiers of Fort Campbell every year for the event, said it went well and she hopes students and Families are able to transition their views of the military because of the diversity the Soldiers displayed during the event.
“We appreciate the Soldiers of Fort Campbell being involved every year because we feel it is of the utmost importance that we provide all this information to our students,” Pitts said.
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