Preparing tomorrow's young professionals: Rowan to offer Career Explorers Camp for students in seventh-ninth grades

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To help young people think more about the careers they might consider, this summer Rowan University's Career Management Center is presenting its first Career Explorers Camp for students in seventh through ninth grades.

Middle school isn’t too early to start thinking about a career path. Just ask Lizziel Sullivan-Williams, director of Rowan University’s Career Management Center.

“Seventh, eighth and ninth grades are the perfect time to start talking to young people about careers,” says Sullivan-Williams. “Curriculum-wise, that’s when they have to start making choices about what the best classes and majors are for the career choices they have mind.”

To help young people think more about the careers they might consider, this summer Rowan’s Career Management Center is presenting its first Career Explorers Camp for students in seventh through ninth grades. The four-day camp, which runs July 22-25 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. each day, will give students first-hand knowledge of careers in areas such as art, business, communication, education, engineering and the sciences.

Students will have opportunities to talk one-on-one with faculty members and professionals in different fields and to explore a wide range of career options through campus visits to Cooper Medical School of Rowan University, Rowan’s radio and television stations, the University’s Edelman Planetarium, and Rowan’s stock trading room.

Additionally, they will learn about public speaking, writing effective job applications and resumes and will enjoy career exploration exercises that will assist them in identifying career paths that support their interests and talents.

Campers even will learn about the do’s and don’ts of a lunchtime meeting during an etiquette lunch.

“Job searches are getting more and more competitive,” says Sullivan-Williams. “We have to start earlier to get young people thinking about job choices."

According to Sullivan-Williams, Rowan students will serve as mentors and career counselors for the campers.

The Career Explorers Camp is open to 15 young people. Cost is $200 and includes lunch each day, a t-shirt and a drawstring backpack. Before care and after care are available for an additional fee.

A $25 deposit is required by May 31. Final payments are due by June 14.

For information on the camp or to sign up, visit http://www.rowan.edu/studentaffairs/cmc/cmcservices/careerexplorersCamp.htm

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