QIRT career fair helps students plan for success

William Neylon, a technology teacher at QIRT, introduces students to career day presenters on Dec. 14.
William Neylon, a technology teacher at QIRT, introduces students to career day presenters on Dec. 14.

William Neylon, a technology teacher at QIRT, introduces students to career day presenters on Dec. 14.

Queens High School for Information and Technology in Far Rockaway held its annual career day on Dec. 14 to help students figure out what they want to do when they finish school.

The fair’s goal was to spark student interest in a variety of careers and assist students in learning more about life after high school. During the day, each class was visited by at least two presenters — of more than 60 participants — who shared stories and advice on how to be successful. Students were also encouraged to dress for success and attend a fashion show at the school, which highlighted student ensembles.

To community school director Rasahn Staley, a student’s ability to reflect on a career path can change the course of his or her life, a goal of the school. The day was filled with helpful information for students and vibrant displays, which included balloons, buttons, gift bags and framed photographs of the presenters themselves.

“It has always been worth the extra effort to see both students and staff excited about the presentations – and learning about careers they may otherwise never have considered,” said Staley.

The school plans to orchestrate another career day next year with the goal of continuing to ensure college and career readiness for all students.