Navy Guam representatives speak to students at Career Day
SANTA RITA, Guam (April 15, 2013) -- Navy personnel from three Guam commands discussed their professions with students during the Seventh Annual Career Day at Jose L.G. Rios Middle School in Piti, Guam, April 12.
Sailors from U.S. Naval Hospital (USNH) Guam and firefighters from U.S. Naval Base Guam (NBG) Fire and Emergency Services (FES) attended the event to increase student awareness and interests in various career opportunities and encourage the children to plan their future by narrowing career choices.
“I enjoyed that the firefighters came out here and shared the career with the kids; it gave the students a real good glimpse of what the fire department is like,” said Francis McJohn, one of the school’s social studies teacher. “The military and firefighters have a strong force at career day, even back when I was a student attending career day.”
JRM FES firefighter Kevin Rivera said he and his colleagues enjoyed showing the students what their career is about.
“It is good to educate these kids and let them know what we carry on the truck and what we provide to help them out,” he said. “I hope they can have better understanding and knowledge in what we do in trying to help the community.”
Aside from discussing their daily operations, the firefighters explained to students that they are there to help the community.
“We teach these kids about what we do around the community and show them our equipment so that way they don’t have to be too fearful when they see us come up on scene for an emergency.”
Hospital Corpsman Kathleen Anderson, of USNH Guam, shared her career experiences with eighth graders and said she was glad to have been a part of the event.
“I liked it, the children were a little bit confused about our terminology so we had to be a little more simple in what we said,” she said. “The kids were excited in what we do in the military and were intrigued about being in uniform.”
Anderson said she hoped the kids would get more of an idea of what careers are out there for them to do.
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