Immaculata juniors hearabout career possibilities

Manville residents help organize

and lead career day at high school
   SOMERVILLE — Kristin Geiger, a member of Immaculata High School’s Class of 1996 and a social worker for Easter Seals of New Jersey, joined an ensemble of 53 presenters including local alumni and other members of the community made time to speak to the school’s juniors April 10 at Career Day 2002.
   What was shared was both valuable and insightful for students seeking to identify and follow their own talents upon graduation.
   Other local guests invited to participate included John Beckwith ’79, DMD, of Hillsborough; James Hannan of Hillsborough, accountant and partner, Withum, Smith and Brown, Livingston; Detective Maria Larangeira ’82 of South Bound Brook, Investigation Division of Hillsborough Police Department; Christine Newman, DVM, ’80, Harlinuen Veterinary Clinic, Belle Mead; and Reyna Post ’88, of Neshanic Station, supervisor of therapeutic activity department and group therapist, Carrier Clinic, Belle Mead.
   Each member of the junior class was surveyed early in the school year to determine their career interests based on their personal skills, talents, hobbies, and job expectations. Each student was asked to think about their own unique gifts and talents as well as their future goals. Once the information was culled from the student surveys, general areas of career interest were defined and presenters were invited to represent those areas. These included arts and entertainment, architecture, art, business, communications, education, law and government, health and medical sciences, science, social service and sports. Spending the morning away from their own busy professional lives, 31 Immaculata alumni and twenty-two other representatives of the business world offered a wonderful array of varied career opportunities for students to explore.
   The day began with a continental breakfast for guests and then a motivational keynote presentation to students by alumnus Terence McCarron ’95 in the school’s Little Theatre. Three rounds of presentations and breakout sessions followed. Students heard talks on their first and second- choice career interests. They then enjoyed time in break-out groups.