Career Night thrives despite being postponed at New Canaan High School
NEW CANAAN — Despite being rescheduled after the town was hit by a massive winter storm, New Canaan High School’s Career Night was met with a high turnout.
After postponing the event a week, most of the originally scheduled community members were still able to come and speak to students about potential career paths on the evening of March 22.
“This is the snow date, so we put together what we could,” said Pat Klapper, one of the parent co-chairs who helped organize the event. Originally scheduled with 75 speakers, all but 14 made it to the actual event.
“We wondered if we could pull it off, but it’s so big,” Klapper said, pleased with the turnout. “The speakers believe it’s so important to be here.”
During Career Night, students attended two 45-minute sessions with a speaker in a career of their choice. Students were able to listen to community members — including some parents — in fields like social media, biology and communications in order to get a sense of what working these jobs some day might actually be like. Students of all grades were invited to attend the event, which happens every other year.
Around 500 students from all grades showed up, hoping the speakers’ insight would help them figure out what college and high school courses they need to take to end up in their dream career.
Freshman Alexandra Harte said she attended Career Night to “figure out the path to be knowledgeable to do what I want to do and what electives I should take.” The 15-year-old focuses on the talks on writing and publishing and journalism.
Maggie Owen, a senior, said she’s set to study biology next year at Cornell University and hoped the medicine and sustainable agriculture career talks would help her set her goals as she prepares for the next step of her education.
“I applied for biology, so I want to see what kinds of jobs I can do with it,” the 17-year-old said.