METUCHEN — Wednesday, Feb. 6, was career day at Edgar Middle School in Metuchen, and the sixth grade students were able to learn from and interact with a varied group of professionals who shared stories, experiences, and insights. The group that included former Metuchen Chief of Police Jim Keane, former Rutgers University football standout Shawn Tucker, and event planner Rachel Reinhart.
Student Hannah Young said that Tucker was “very inspiring because he focused on academics after he got hurt,” referring to Tucker’s NFL hopes being dashed by a career+ending hip flexor injury.
Another favorite of the students was Frank Jones, a former federal agent who also serves as the school’s wood shop teacher. “My favorite part of Career Day was when Mr. Jones spoke because I had no clue he was a federal agent,” said Grace Schleck, another enthusiastic sixth grader.
The knowledge the students were able to gain from the Career Day included the importance of learning how to communicate with others, which Ernst and Young’s Gary Horowitz emphasized, along with the ability to read and write properly. The students also noted that professionals Rachel Reinhart, Ed Paulmenn, and Peter Cammarano encouraged the students to follow their hearts and choose a career that they feel they would love to do everyday.
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