While the COVID-19 pandemic changed some aspects of our yearly Junior Career Day, we’re happy to say that the Class of 2022 was able to experience this Archmere rite of passage.
Students learned about different careers throughout the day and listened to a keynote from Archmere parent Brad Denning. Presenters included 11 Archmere alumni, six current or past Archmere parents, and several members of the greater community. This year’s program was a hybrid model with a mix of in-person and virtual sessions. One silver lining of the need for virtual sessions was people from far away to join us, including presenters from NYC, Michigan, and Florida. In addition to the sessions, students reflected on their experiences twice throughout the day. Students were encouraged to show curiosity in life and careers during these reflections, using Brian Grazer’s Curiosity Conversations. Additionally, they were challenged to think more long term about their careers using the Japanese theory of Ikigai and consider NACE’s eight career competencies.
Archmere alumni always appreciate the opportunity to see campus improvements from year to year and a chance to engage with fellow Auks. One student shared of their experience, “I had no idea how much Junior Career Day would help me when approaching my college decisions, and hearing the presenters talking about their careers and their college requirements, majors, and courses, really gave me a better idea of what I want to do.” Another explained, “I think the was really helpful and enlightening. It definitely made me realize more about what I want to do versus what I don't. It gave me a different perspective on the career that I want to go to, which was extremely beneficial.” We much appreciate our presenters’ time and energy, both in-person and virtual, for helping to create a wonderful experience for the Class of 2022.