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"The Game of Life" Career Day coming on Nov. 25th

    by Iowa Central Information
    Posted on 11/19/2014

On November 25th, Iowa Central will be hosting approximately 1,500 students from Fort Dodge Senior High, Saint Edmond’s, and Southeast Valley for a career day. This year’s theme for Career Day is “The Game of Life.” The day is setup to be an interactive day for students to learn about various career opportunities from local business professionals.

Iowa Central's Specialist of Intermediary Networks, Samantha Pingel, explains the revamped career day, "This year we decided to revamp our career day by incorporating our theme, “The Game of Life.”  As part of our career day, we have incorporated different game activities or methods to help students get involved while learning about various career options and employability skills. The career day is the perfect opportunity for students to become more aware of different career options in our community and hear from business professionals about what their job is like. We are so pleased that we have so many different businesses as well as our staff at Iowa Central eager to participate and provide a great experience for our youth.  It is essential for students to have these types of events or experiences that shed light on career awareness and help prepare them for their future."

All three participating schools are excited to be involved with the opportunity for their students. Fort Dodge Senior High Principal, Dave Keane, shared “We are very excited to have this opportunity for our students as we know early career exploration helps our students prepare for postsecondary plans and develop a plan to make the most out of the rest of their time at Fort Dodge Senior High.” St. Edmond High Principal, Mary Gibb, added “I am very thankful that the students from St. Edmond Catholic School have this opportunity to learn about a variety of different careers, interview tips and how to start building a resume.  This is valuable real world experience that you can’t get every day.” Lois Irwin, Southeast Valley Principal, shared her excitement as well, "When students see themselves in a career, it gives them motivation and energy to accomplish goals. Career Day may change the life of a student by talking to someone about a job that ignites a passion."

Freshman and sophomore students will be exploring three career pathways. Each session will provide a broad overview of a particular career pathway and the related careers. In the afternoon, they will be attending an informative session on social media through the eyes of a human resources manager as well as playing "The Career Is Right" game show.

Junior and senior students will be attending two sessions where they will learn more in depth information regarding particular careers that they’ve selected on their registration form. They will also attend a sessions during which they will play a “Family Feud” style game about job-seeking skills with content such as résumés, dressing for success, and interview skills, as well as a session on financial literacy.

It will also be a great opportunity for employers to share what they are looking for in possible future employees.  "The Career Day is an important day not only for our employers, but more specifically for our future workforce.  The event really gives a hands on opportunity for our students to understand the types of skills that employers demand for certain careers.  It also helps the students realize that you don’t have to leave Webster County to make a good living with advancement opportunities and have a great quality of life." shared Kelly Halsted, Economic Development Director of the Greater Fort Dodge Growth Alliance.

For more information or questions about the Career Day, please contact Samantha Pingel at or (515) 574-1076.

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