2018 Career Day
On Monday 23, 2018 differents careers from all around Polson came to speak to classes about their job. There were different jobs in almost every class throughout the whole day. They talked to students about their background, and about what it takes to get started into the career they are in.
In Miss. Kelly’s second period class, Shad, Liz, and Linda came in from First Interstate Bank to talk to the students about their job. They explained to them about their background, why they are doing what they are, and what it takes to be a banker. They also explained to them about saving and checking accounts, and why they should get them. They also showed the students counterfeit money and checks, to let them see the difference in real money and fake money.
Right before the bell was going to ring, they had the students play a game to win a prize. Shad has a coin in his hand, and everyone had to stand up and predict whether the coin was going to be head or tails. They did this by putting their hands on their head on heads, and behind their back for tails. If you guessed wrong you had to sit down. The last one standing won the prize. Cody Merritt happened to be the last one standing. He won a cooler full of money for guessing correctly.
It was very interesting to hear about the different jobs, and gave a lot of students an ideas of a career they might be interested in.
On April 23rd, Polson High School held a career connection day. People from around the U.S, all with different career journey’s and backgrounds, joined together at the high school to speak to the student. Mr. Dunn, a science teacher at Polson High, had Flathead lake research specialist, Phil Matson. Phil Matson has worked at the Flathead lake Biological station for 16 years. Matson spoke passionately of his work and called this generation, the “Future leaders.”
Susan Evans spoke in her daughter’s classroom on April 23rd for Polson’s career day. Evans told the class about her life journey and how she became a Bank manager, along with how she had to do everything by hand because there was no computers at the time. Evans spoke passionately about banking and how much she loved her job. Her bright and humorous interactions with the class was similar to her daughter’s, Mrs. Anderson, who is a math teacher at Polson High.
On April 23, 2018, Betsy Wade (guidance counselor) set up a day for experienced workers to talk to the student body about their career path. Nathan Cantlon who was one of the speakers in Mrs. Anderson’s classroom, happened to share his journey in how he became a Design Engineer at Rocky Mountain Twist. During his presentation, Nathan displayed several tools for his job as well as the history behind the tools.
Career Connection Day: A day when over fifty people from the community took time out of their busy lives to give back to the students at PHS.
Ira Brown, presenting to Mr. Quinn’s Anatomy and Physiology classes, talked about his experiences as a physical therapist at St. Joseph Medical Center in Polson. Brown’s career path wasn’t always so straight, however. He attended college and received a degree as a Missionary, because he decided that following his faith seemed like a good path at the time. After college, however, he started his own construction business. Brown had to learn how to not only manage a group of employees, but had to insure that the quality of workmanship was up to standard.
Years later, after marrying and starting his family, Brown decided to return to college; this time, in pursuit of a degree in Physical Therapy. He then took a job as a traveling PT. He would spend 10-12 months in one place before receiving a new contract and traveling to another hospital in need of a physical therapist. Eventually settling in Polson, he now works as the manager of the Physical Therapy department and oversees the care of hundreds of patients.
Brown encouraged students to “be versatile” with their career goals. Stating that students shouldn’t “get their hearts set on one career, because they’ll miss out on other opportunities.”
Colin Watson flew from Seattle to present at Mr. B. Owens second period class about his experience working on big league companies as Amazon, Microsoft and Dell as a Coding Engineer . When I asked him what was the reason he came he said “I was from a small town too, and my perspective of life was not much, until I stared going and traveling. I just want to show students the opportunities are out there.” Omar Perez
Logan Klein and Jimmie Rude came to Polson High School on April 23, 2018 for Career Day. They talked about the job services and what they do, as well as what things you need to do to be able to get a job. They also explained what kind of applications you would need to fill out for a particular job. They told us that most jobs require a similar application to be filled out and given to the job’s manager, they also said that most applications are online.