On Friday, April 7, Nativity welcomed a number of professionals to the school’s gymnasium for its inaugural Career Fair for Middle Schoolers. Part of Nativity’s Secondary Schools program, the event allowed students in grades 5-8 to ask questions pertaining to an array of career paths and professional fields.
Local representatives from the New Bedford Police Department, the City Solicitor’s Office, and Buttonwood Park Zoo were in attendance, along with representatives from the fields of marine biology, engineering, oceanography, financial services, pastoral leadership, and fitness and health, among others. Cape Air’s Andrew Bonney, Sr. Vice President of Planning, and Jennie Gomes, Manager of Operations Services, spoke to students about the varied careers offered in the field of aviation.
Noted Ms. Gomes, “The students were inquisitive and paid attention to the answers we were providing [to their questions].” Nativity alum Robert Costa, currently in his second year at Massachusetts Maritime Academy, was also on-hand to speak with students about the varied opportunities available to MMA students and graduates. Students appeared eager to hear from someone with relevant experience and kept Costa engaged in conversation for the Fair’s duration.
A theme for the afternoon was students’ enthusiasm for the opportunity to speak directly with adults representing a wide range of professional roles, and it was evident. Nativity’s Career Fair and similar events, including the school’s Speaker Series, have been integrated into the school program to help broaden students’ imaginative potential when it comes to their futures, serving a critical part of the school’s mission to graduate young men who are academically prepared for further education.