2019 Career Fair

Reading occupational information can help you learn a lot about a career field. But it's also valuable to talk with one or more people who work in the occupation to get a current, real-world perspective about what a job is really like. Ideally, it's important to do both kinds of research. Check out the careers that will be represented at The MetroWest College & Career Fair.

2019 Categories

Arts & Design
The dynamic world of art and design provides an array of career opportunities from designing floral arrangements to creating movie sets.  Art and design careers such as graphic designer and interior designer combine creativity with practical skills, whereas a fashion designer relies more on creativity. Just about every business needs people with art and design degrees for rewarding niche roles.  People with art and design careers use their creative skills to communicate their client’s message. This field can be competitive, with technical skills becoming increasingly important for many art and design jobs.

Business & Marketing
Business Management and Administration careers encompass planning, organizing, directing and evaluating business functions essential to efficient and productive business operations. Business Management and Administration career opportunities are available in every sector of the economy. If you want to run your own business or be the person that makes a business successful, be sure to look at the opportunities in the Business, Management and Administration Career Cluster. Students learn business skills essential to efficient, productive operations for any company. Careers in marketing also require knowledge of market research, consumer behavior, sales, visual arts and general marketing.  Many Colleges and Universities have expanded their course offerings based on the different nuances of this field.and productive business operations. Business Management and Administration career opportunities are available in every sector of the economy. Companies also need employees with knowledge of finance, accounting, investments, economics and a variety of other business skills and knowledge.

Entering the education field is a great way to make a positive impact on students  of all ages. As older teachers retire and school districts work to comply with state and national curriculum standards, more jobs will be available for qualified educators. The demand is especially high for teachers who are certified in science and mathematics. Teaching jobs are ideal for people who are enthusiastic, creative, patient, and encouraging. As a teacher, you must be able to juggle competing priorities, remain calm when you are frustrated, and manage your classroom in a way that makes learning fun without letting things get out of hand. Teaching may not be for you if you dislike interruptions or prefer to follow a step-by-step plan for each task.
There are several jobs in education that don’t require you to spend all
of your time in the classroom. Some of these jobs are ideal for experienced teachers, while other careers require a different set of credentials. A few examples of non-classroom careers in education: Educational administrator, instructional coordinator, school counselor, College administrator, or Librarian.

Government & Law
Competitive compensation. Generous benefits. Job security. Student loan debt forgiveness. There are a number of tangible perks that come with working for the federal, state or local government, including the ability to improve the country and our society overall.  The common goal of the government and law enforcement is to preserve the laws as outlined in the constitution and maintain order and safety in our communities.  Some government jobs include:  Emergency management, military service, public safety, law enforcement, public interest law services, public service for individuals with disabilities and the elderly, and local/state and federal government jobs such as local selectman, state representative, state senate, etc.  Protective services occupations include law enforcement and criminal justice occupations such as Police and Detectives, Detectives and Criminal Investigators, Correctional Officers, Jailers, Sheriffs, Security Guards, Private Detectives and Investigators, and various other protective service professionals.

Health & Wellness
Medicine is the branch of health science concerned with maintaining or restoring human health through the study, diagnosis and treatment of disease and injury. It is both an area of knowledge and the applied practice of that knowledge. Medical care is shared between the medical profession (physicians or doctors) and other professionals such as nurses and pharmacists, and physical/occupational therapists. Wellness is a newer term that includes a more holistic approach to mind/body health and espouses the connection between mental outlook, daily habits, and physical health and the importance of examining all aspects of your life in the diagnosis of sickness and disease.  Wellness advocates prevention through healthy diet, exercise and cognitive therapy. All health professions require some type of licensure, training, and certification process. Some fields, such as paramedics, licensed vocational nurses, and medical assistants, require an associate degree or other type of two year training program, combined with state licensing/certification.  Some registered nursing and physician assistant programs are 2-year programs, but job prospects are much better for those who have obtained a Bachelor’s degree, and a Bachelors is required to advance beyond entry level or enter a field of specialization, which requires graduate level training. For pharmacy and optometry programs, both of which are doctorates, a bachelor’s degree is normally required to be admitted. Physicians have the most demanding requirements of any medical occupation—4 years of undergraduate school, 4 years of medical school, and 3 to 8 years of internship and residency, depending on the specialty selected. Therapy and rehabilitation are the application of any medical, psychiatric, psychological or alternative process designed to promote health and well-being of an individual with the goal of helping him or her achieve the highest level of function, independence, and quality of life possible.  Therapists work with individuals who have conditions that are mentally, physically, developmentally, or emotionally disabling. They assess the nature and extent of the problems and help the individuals manage them in order to develop, recover, or maintain daily living and work skills.

Hotel & Travel
The hospitality industry is a broad category of fields within service industry that includes lodging, event planning, theme parks, transportation, cruise line, and additional fields within the tourism industry. The hospitality industry is a multibillion-dollar industry that depends on the availability of leisure time and disposable income. A hospitality unit such as a restaurant, hotel, or an amusement park consists of multiple groups such as facility maintenance and direct operations (servers, housekeepers, porters, kitchen workers, bartenders, management, marketing, and human resources etc.). Many colleges and universities offer different degrees in Hotel/Restaurant Management, Travel and Tourism, etc.  The ability to “put the customer first” coupled with excellent time management, people skills, and attention to detail are all important traits in this profession.  Social media has made this industry more competitive and accessible, and a grasp of how to use and benefit from technology is a clear advantage.

Journalism & Communications
The job market for Journalism majors is competitive but, despite economic challenges, there will always be news and a public eager to read about current events.  Print journalism is on the decline, but the internet is giving new life to the industry with jobs like blogger, content writer, and reporter for online newspapers and magazines. The variety of ways in which we communicate in today’s society may be technologically driven, and becoming more so every day, but the ability to effectively communicate is more important than ever.    Whether in writing or the spoken word, the ability to effectively communicate ideas, concepts, and influence is unduly powerful. A communications degree can be directed according to your areas of interest, whether it be mass communications, social media, newswriting, broadcasting, or many of the social and political sciences. Graduates in formal communication studies can apply their   education to a multitude of careers covering journalism, advertising, new media, marketing, and public relations, to name a few.

STEM - Science, Technology, Engineering, Math
STEM jobs vary widely.  The highly trained workers in these professions may commute to offices, laboratories, classrooms or hospitals.  They may design devices, balance budgets, or consult with clients.  STEM jobs traditionally have very low unemployment and increased demand and common skill sets include a keen interest in mathematics, science, engineering, logic and the ability to problem solve with creativity.   Many of the STEM careers are very diverse, including jobs like financial analyst, biochemist, mechanical engineer, mathematician, IT manager, accountant and software developer. STEM jobs are often referred to as the jobs of the future, so as this sector continues to grow so will the courses available at Colleges and Universities nationwide and the career opportunities after graduation.