Professionals In Training

June 20, 2013
BY Maayan Jaffe Photos by Justin Tsucalas
Devorah Elan is dressed to design! She researched and prepared her project on the field of graphic design.

Devorah Elan is dressed to design! She researched and prepared her project on the field of graphic design.

The seventh-graders at Bnos Yisroel of Baltimore celebrated life in the fast lane at a career exhibition this past Tuesday.

On June 18, the 28 girls dressed up like professionals and welcomed parents, grandparents, younger and older students and their teachers to an hours-long presentation that showcased career opportunities, which the students had been researching for the past several months.

Rivka Hutman shows off her research in the field of zoology at Bnos Yisroel’s career day.

Rivka Hutman shows off her research in the field of zoology at Bnos Yisroel’s career day.

Elizabeth Green, Bnos Yisroel board vice president and a parent to seventh-grader Yakira, said the process was multilayered. First, the girls chose careers that interested them. Then, they submitted their choices to their teachers, who approved (or disapproved) of their choices. Next, the girls researched their careers, filling in a several-page packet with information such as salary, required education level and the like. Finally, they wrote reports.

Careers ranged from teacher, graphic designer, marine biologist and dental hygienist to movie director, physical therapist, civil engineer, travel agent and party planner.

Aviva Schwartzman shows grandparents Leah and Allan Zeiger her microbiology project. Aviva learned that microbiology is the study of microscopic organisms, either unicellular (single cell), multicellular (cell colony) or acellular (lacking cells) to prepare her paper and her presentation.

Aviva Schwartzman shows grandparents Leah and Allan Zeiger her microbiology project. Aviva learned that microbiology is the study of microscopic organisms, either unicellular (single cell), multicellular (cell colony) or acellular (lacking cells) to prepare her paper and her presentation.

“Most of the girls did interviews with someone who practices the career they were covering,” said Green, noting that the purpose of the career fair was to showcase all of the hard work that the students put into the project.

Crowds gathered into the Bnos Yisroel foyer to see the girls’ exhibits. Many students chose careers they were already familiar with, such as teaching. Others were more imaginative and  researched fields such as microbiology or movie directing.

Crowds gathered into the Bnos Yisroel foyer to see the girls’ exhibits. Many students chose careers they were already familiar with, such as teaching. Others were more imaginative and researched fields such as microbiology or movie directing.

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