by: Contributed photo, BROADCASTING CAREER OPTIONS – Maynard Orme, retired president of Oregon Public Broadcasting speaks to a Sherwood High School student during the 2008 Career Quest.

There's a big world of work out there, and 'Career Quest Day of Discovery' let Sherwood High School students know more than ever about the opportunities awaiting them.

All 1,000 students matched up with 50 metro area professionals in an intensive series of briefings on jobs and industries. Each student had three different career sessions.

The April 9 event gave young people answers about education, salary, job content and career goals and satisfaction from each speaker, explained Sherwood High Principal Michelle DeBoard

'And all students attended 'soft skills' presentations to learn about workplace expectations, interview skills, resume content and financial issues they will need to be successful,' DeBoard said.

Guest speaker Dan Riches, flight operations administrator at Columbia Helicopters in Aurora said, 'This was a great opportunity for young people to have an honest, in depth discussion about working in the real world. I wish we had something like this when I was in high school. Students were well informed and motivated to learn more.'

Susan Rychlick, who leads the Chamber of Commerce Business Education Committee, explained that 'top professionals speaking candidly about their jobs and answering probing questions really helped students focus on careers they want or to discover new options for their future.' The project was a collaboration of the Sherwood Chamber of Commerce Business Education Committee and the high school staff.

Career Quest combines the school district's commitment to help students prepare for the world 'outside the classroom,' Rychlick noted, 'and business peoples' interest in helping young people become successful adults.'

Guest speakers ranged from architecture to television production and 'just about everything in between, including firefighter, plumber, dentist and entrepreneur,' DeBoard said. A Sherwood High School Student Ambassador hosted each speaker for the event.

John Alto's Chevron Automotive Services, Les Schwab Sherwood Tire Center, the City of Sherwood, the Sherwood Chamber of Commerce, Amazing Maids of Sherwood, and the Sherwood School District 88J sponsored the event.

Career Quest is planned to be an annual event.

For more information or to be a part of next year's event, call Jim Haynes at 503-502-5981 or Susan Rychlick at 503-701-9121.

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