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Giving Students Career Advice

Eager elementary school students listened intently Friday as an art director, computer animator and special agent with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives spoke candidly about their jobs at Mountainview Elementary School’s career day.
 “It is most exciting for the kids,” said Donna Mundell, a member of the Saugus school’s PTA. “It gives them an opportunity to select and decide on a career.”
    An estimated 940 students participated in the 11th annual career day Friday.
    Students rotated through 32 different classrooms visiting 32 guest speakers. Among them were an engineer, music composer, pastry chef, test pilot, surgical nurse and fire captain, all hand-picked by Mundell.
    Each student attended two, 20-minute career sessions; Mundell said an effort was made to pair up the students with the career speakers they were interested in.
    “It gives the kids the opportunity to listen and participate in another parent’s career. Maybe they want to do this,” she said.
    The presenters discussed their careers, the pros and cons of their jobs and the education required to attain their positions. All the speakers were friends of family members or parents of children who attend Mountainview, Mundell said.
    “This is their favorite day of the year,” she said. “It runs extremely well. (The students) are very respectful. They will also write thank-you letters to the presenters.”