Wednesday April 17, 2013

BAILEY T. O’NEILL

Special to the Banner

BENNINGTON -- Dozens of professionals from various fields gathered at Bennington College Thursday for the Ninth Annual Sophomore Career Summit to inspire high school sophomores and open their minds to the future opportunities that await them.

More than 250 sophomores from Mount Anthony Union and Arlington Memorial High Schools attended four workshops -- from a list of about 18 -- on careers of interest to them. Workshops ranged from law and government to computer science and the arts, featuring 55 panelists who spoke with students about the paths they took to get into their careers and answered questions students had.

The final portion of the day, a new addition to this year’s summit, was a group presentation by members of the Vermont National Guard, an admissions counselor for Community College of Vermont, and a member of the Vermont Department of Labor.

"A good work ethic transfers to every aspect of life," said Wendy Morse, career development facilitator for the Labor Department, "whether that be in a National Guard setting or to the classroom or to the workforce, a solid work ethic is one of the most valuable things in an employee."

A common theme among all of the presenters was the importance of education.

"One of the biggest things that get people fired is a lack of education and not knowing the proper way to behave in a workplace setting," Morse said.


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More than 250 students participated in the event, and organizers said they believe the students took a lot away from it.

"I think we connected with the students very well," said Janet Groom, an admissions counselor at CCV, whose presentations focused on the importance of education in finding a job. "They [the students] seemed very engaged in our presentations and they asked questions after we were done with what we had to say."

Bailey O’Neill is a senior at Mount Anthony Union High School. He is interning with the Banner.