OSKALOOSA — About 60 employers from Oskaloosa and beyond had a simple question Wednesday for Oskaloosa High School students:
What do you want to do with your life?
Guidance Counselor Amy Simmons said students were given an opportunity to learn about a multitude of different careers including military service and those careers requiring two- and four-year college degrees, among other professions.
Simmons said the students had a say in who would come to OHS for Career Day, noting that they were given a survey to fill out which included what industries interested them the most.
Simmons said employers were given the opportunity to educate students about their field from classrooms on the high school’s first floor. Students would then get a chance to spend seven 35-minute classroom-style sessions with these employers throughout the day.
Preparing OHS students for their lives after graduation was the main motivation for Wednesday’s Career Day, explained Simmons. Simmons said that around 80 to 90 percent of OHS students are college-bound once they graduate.
“I want them to have an idea of what they want to do,” Simmons said.