I have attended many career expos (admittedly I am a bit of a dinosaur) but it always astonishes me that the student who manages to ask a squillion (no such number) career questions in my class, says this to me when verbally assessing the outcomes of a career expo:
"There wasn't enough stuff there, I walked around the whole place, looked at everything. Got to the end, then I got bored!"
So I quiz him:
- Did you ask any questions (of the 60+ exhibitors)? No!
- Did you try any of the activities? No!
- Did you attend any of the information panels? No!
Really? And you got BORED!! (#roll_eyes!)
If only I was allowed to slap him for being so obtuse!! (AND I am not talking triangles here!)
Obtuse: Dull-witted, simple-minded, imperceptive, thickheaded, thick, stupid, slow.
Wait, I am not allowed to either slap that student nor call him names, so let’s re-wind. Maybe it is me, maybe my preparation for the event wasn’t up to speed! I must endeavour to do better next time!
To this end, I created a little cartoon clip about what a career expo is (see below) and a handout designed to outwit the obtuse! (Is that an oxymoron? It would have to be pretty close!)
Career Expo – Handout
This is a four-page document – print back-to-back & you will save a few trees! I suggest that page-one is a good stand-alone for Year 9 students (or younger) who are about to go to their first expo. The four pages in entirety are handy for older students.
Open the PDF here: Career Expo Handout
Career Expo – a wee cartoon clip…
This cartoon is probably more for Junior Students – and provides a general outline of what a Career Expo is.
Career Expo’s are a great way to help figure out your future, so make sure you give it a red-hot-go!