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“It's good at the eighth grade level to get them to start thinking about that because soon they'll be in high school and they'll have those extra-curricular options,” Andrews said.
A wide range of careers were represented at the fair, including veterinarian, financial advisor, firefighter, court reporter, dentist, welder, athletic trainer and others.
Many of the professionals speaking to students Friday also made unique demonstrations.
Spence showed students a stillborn horse fetus in a jar to help illustrate some of the situations a veterinarian might run into.
“I think it's good to show kids things,” Spence said. “I mean, a lot of the things that I do may be gross to certain people, you know they can't stand it, but on the flip side you get to do a lot of really interesting things.”
Another booth at Friday's fair was related to court reporters. The presenters had students read parts of real transcripts from depositions while a court reporter typed what they said.
Stacy Wilson, an official court reporter with the State of Illinois, was one of the presenters. She said career fairs can be extremely valuable educational tools.
“I think it gets them thinking at this young age about what it is they're going to do,” Wilson said. “It plants that seed.”
Michael Beckham, an eighth grader at Waltonville Grade School, said he was impressed by the presenters at the fair.
“It was good,” Beckham said. “Some of them explained it pretty well, like they told you how many years you have to be in college to do this job.”