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Free Town Primary School career Day a big success

Published:Tuesday | June 9, 2015 | 12:00 AM

If Free Town Primary School guidance counsellor Danielle Sterling had her way, then her charges would not have any problems with flexibility in choosing their careers.

As the school celebrated Career Day on June 4, the counsellor made the students' day by inviting the police, a cosmetologist, a barber, a dentist and even a 4-H representative to sensitise them on farming.

"This year, I was so excited as my aim was to get to the non-traditional career areas," Sterling told The Gleaner.

According to her, the intention is not to bash the ones that students normally gravitate towards, but to show them that there are other options to explore.

Sterling said they are not too young to start thinking about choices and back-up plans.

"I always tell the children to have a back-up plan in anything they do. They need to be open in other areas just in case one doesn't work out," she said.

Sterling also said that being cognisant of the fact that many of the careers they would want to pursue are getting overpopulated every year, she is driving home the point from early.

"My plan is to plant this seed from early in their minds so that they will do their homework before making their final decision," she said.

Walking through the classrooms, it was a sight for sore eyes as students were decked out in doctor, pilot, flight attendant, police, solider and even a chef outfits.

The younger children seemed totally captivated as Kerry-ann Maylor-Wallace and her team from the Community Safety and Security Branch of the Jamaica Constabulary Force in May Pen gave them a glimpse of their world.

Vere Technical High cosmetology teacher Sheida Smith, who also brought along two of her students, treated the grade four students to beautiful hairstyles.