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2nd Annual New Berlin Career and Job Fair

Elijah Krause calls his part-time job at Target "an amazing first job."

But the junior at New Berlin West High School is hoping his next job might have a greater tie-in to the career he hopes to pursue in college: elementary education.

The 2nd Annual New Berlin Career and Job Fair held this week gave him the chance to talk with diverse employers, including some in the education field.

About 800 students and 60 businesses participated in the event, which also included an evening Community Job Fair. Held in the New Berlin West Middle/High School Field House, the fair was hosted by Moving New Berlin Forward, a civic alliance of the city, school district, chamber of commerce, rotary and other local businesses and organizations.

"I think it's really cool that they have this, because most of the jobs that they have here, kids our age don't even know that we can apply for it - like a hotel, for example," Krause said.

"Or the (Milwaukee) Institute of Art and Design," added fellow West junior Kristine Kelnhofer. "I think it's interesting to broaden our horizons," she added.

Students who stopped by Carroll University's Education Department booth discovered  that college students can immerse themselves in suburban and urban public schools, help at an Indian reservation in South Dakota or travel to Costa Rica or Vietnam.

"That was very appealing to some of them," said RoseAnn Donovan, assistant professor of education at Caroll. She told them one of the education majors available does not focus on becoming licensed to teach; it's a study program to build educational leadership in other venues such as nonprofits, ministry and camps.

"Some said, 'Ooo, I didn't know you could do that,' so I think it opened up some eyes hopefully," Donovan said.

High school students also attended two of eight break-out career sessions held in adjacent classrooms. Led by representatives of various industries, the sessions highlighted careers in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math); Health Sciences; Business Management and Administration; Arts; A/V Technology and Communication; Law, Public Safety, Corrections & Security; Architecture and Construction; Marketing; and Human Services.

"Take your math and science seriously," Tim Alft, youth apprenticeship coordinator for Waukesha Area Technical College, told students interested in pursuing skilled trades. He talked about how architectural blueprints have changed with 3-D printers and computer programs.

He also urged them to research careers and job shadow to discover if it's a good match. "There's nothing more expensive than going to school for a career and then deciding you don't want to do it," he said.

Jim Korom, who has worked in labor and employment law for more than 30 years, said students who want to pursue law should "number one, write well. It's critical. Take really hard writing classes, even if you get a B, because you'll be a better writer for it."

He also urged students to do more than work and pursue a career. "Volunteerism - do that," Korom said. "It'll make you a more interesting person and a better lawyer."

Korom echoed other speakers with his parting advice: "Pursue your passion. Whatever you love to do, do it."

Did your high school student attend the fair? See our photo galleries from the Career and Job Fair and the Career Presentations on the School District of New Berlin's Facebook page.

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