“Career Day really got me thinking about what I want to do career wise,” Glen Mills student Fritz Napoleon said. “It was a really informative event and I really learned a lot about many different fields.”
That was the general consensus as the Glen Mills student body, including Alternative Education students, had the unique opportunity to meet with well over 100 valued guests from a wide variety of careers and learn more about their jobs. Colleges, universities, trade schools, and the military also participated in the event.
How did you get started? What education do you need? What is your typical day like? What are your favorite aspects of your job? What are some things about your job you wish were better? What kind of benefits generally come with your job? Those are just some of the things that the students inquired about as they talked with the many professionals who chose to spend part of their day at Glen Mills.
“We can’t thank the guests enough,” Career Day Coordinator Dale Wilson said. “This is a big day for our students and our school and we greatly appreciate their contribution to the success of the event.”
The many professionals, including first timers and Glen Mills Career Day veterans, enjoyed the time they spent with the students.
“The students were fantastic,” Steve Fricker, President of Cell-Con, an Exton, Pa. based company specializing in battery and charging products, said. “They asked a lot of really good, well thought out questions about our company specifically and business in general.”
Mike DeMarco from Chatham Financial echoed Fricker’s comments.
“This was a great day,” DeMarco said. “I think we were able to give a lot of young men some insight into what companies such as Chatham Financial are looking for in employees and how to get into the financial industry.”
From their Kennett Square, Pa location, DeMarco leads Chatham’s Treasury and Administrative teams. Chatham Financial is a global financial advisory service and technology solutions firm.
Kelly McCrea from Human Resources with UPS also enjoyed her day and was impressed with the student body.
“The students inspired me,” McCrea said. “UPS has been coming to this event for years but this is my first time. I was amazed.”
Before the event, guests were treated to a fantastic breakfast buffet, featuring made to order omelets and much more, prepared by students in the Culinary Arts program.
Students also spent part of their day enjoying a dynamic audio-visual presentation from long time Glen Mills Career Day guests NFL Films and had the chance to hear from former Battling Bulls who have enjoyed success in the working world.
Former Glen Mills students Steve Brown, Chris Sterner, Charles Blanchard, and Dalton Love shared their success stories to the current members of the student body. Brown is a personal fitness trainer, former United States Marine Sterner is in the auto salvage industry, Blanchard owns several businesses, and Love is in real estate.
“Although each of their stories is different, the one thing they all have in common is the appreciation that they have for Glen Mills,” Dr. Randy Ireson, the Executive Director of the Glen Mills Schools, said.
“It was great to hear from some former students who used the foundation they got here at Glen Mills to move onto good careers,” Napoleon said. “That’s really what it’s all about.”
PHOTO: Former Glen Mills students Chris Sterner, Dalton Love, Charles Blanchard, and Steve Brown were special guests at Career Day.