On June 9th, our sixth graders attended a virtual career fair where they met professionals in varying fields, from actors to software engineers to nonprofit developers! This event gave our students an opportunity to ask questions and learn more about industries that they are curious about. Career fairs such as these reinforce Hyde’s mission by allowing our students to hear more about life skills, character development, and career exploration from a variety of professionals.
Many of the guest panelists were friends of Hyde staff and came equipped with interactive presentations before the virtual floor was opened up for questions. Some of the panelists included Rachel Navaro, a NY-based actress, Claude Castille, a software engineer for Google, Caroline Freden, a researcher who works with children on the autism spectrum, Marcus Jackson, a game developer at Apple, and our very own Jennifer Hernandez, one of Hyde’s school counselors. Throughout the fair, students asked great questions such as “What is a Ph.D.?”, “Who inspired you to start your job?”, and “What is a project you are most proud of?” After the panel, one of our faculty members, Ms. Ada Garcia exclaimed, “What an amazing event! I loved the representation, the variety of careers, and the features of our own talented staff! The kids asked so many amazing questions. Amazing job, Ms. Ubini and 6th grade team!”
The fair’s panelists presented such a diverse and unique array of skills to our sixth graders. By hosting events such as these at Hyde, our students are given the opportunity to consider endless possibilities for their professional aspirations.
Marcus Jackson, a software engineer for Apple, guides students through a coding game he developed.
Rachel Navarro tells students about her experience as a background actor in Lin-Manuel Miranda’s newest film, In the Heights (2021)
Researcher Caroline Freden speaks about her work in the field of child psychology