By Jim Lambert
A large group of panelists, including several Union Catholic graduates, shared their journey and offered great advice when Union Catholic hosted Career Day on Wednesday at the school.
Ms. Nancy Foulks, Union Catholic’s Director of Alumni Relations and a member of UC’s Class of 1976, was very happy with how the event went.
“When we put out the call for volunteers this year, the response was sensational,’’ said Ms. Foulks. "We had 45 panelists willing to share stories of how their career “journeys” unfolded. This impressive group included 33 Union Catholic alumni, five UC parents (current and past), and seven members of the UC Community. All UC juniors and seniors participated in the classroom panel discussions. Following that, all sophomores, juniors and seniors attended the career fair portion of the day in the gym, where the panelists were grouped by career field. This allowed students the opportunity to speak with business professionals in their particular field of interest. At the end of the day, the panelists spoke of their pride for UC and their sense of fulfillment in participating. They were confident in the great promise ahead for UC students, who were enthusiastic and engaged in all sessions. The students witnessed first-hand the incredible commitment of UC alumni who returned to their alma mater to give back. Career Day is one of my most favorite events at Union Catholic.’’
Mrs. Jennifer Dixon, the Director of School Counseling at Union Catholic, said Career Day is very helpful to the UC students as they look ahead and carve out their own paths into the future.
“We understand the importance of assisting students to learn about who they are and who they want to become,’’ said Mrs. Dixon. “It is imperative for the well-being of our teens that they understand that the journey to a fulfilling career doesn't have to be a race. Most of the panelists have had several educational opportunities, jobs and life experiences that have led them to their current position. They have learned about themselves along the way and it is in those rich experiences that they have become the successful individuals that they are today. We are so thankful to all the panelists who shared their stories about their career path and hope it helps our students as they begin their own unique journeys. The addition of the career fair provided opportunities for our students to network with our panelists and learn even more about the career fields that interest them! We hope to continue to grow the program!’’
Senior Bobby McGuinness, UC’s Student Council President, said Career Day helped give UC students a sense of direction.
“It was a very resourceful day for the students,’’ said McGuinness. “It helps to hear from alumni and hear the paths that they’ve taken, especially because one of our core values is community. To see people who once sat in the same seats as us who weren’t really sure where they were going have things work out for them was good to hear.’’