As part of the Middle School curriculum, students explore different careers and what they entail, including the education required, typical work environment, responsibilities, and location of jobs. In addition to their research, every month the school hosts career speakers. This provides students with exposure to many different career paths, and also allows them the opportunity to ask questions and learn the “real story” behind different professions. The speaker is typically a current parent or friend of the school who shares information and insights about their profession. It’s a wonderful way for the speakers to inspire our students by talking about something they’re passionate about.
This week, Lisa Steinberg, parent of Kim in Middle School, spoke about her profession as a veterinarian. Did you know that while a medical doctor studies one species, humans, a veterinarian covers numerous species! The students learned that working with animals does come with some challenges and risks. Ms. Steinberg shared anecdotes of her experience of treating different kinds of animals, common ailments, behavioral health and recommended care. Students also learned how a career in veterinary medicine can transfer to working in the food industry (did you ever think about the chicken you were eating, and where it came from?) and also offers positions in the law profession as animal rights activists.