It's difficult to imagine that Mayfield Middle School students could have received a better look at more occupations than they did on Friday.
The school hosted a career day event Friday with nearly 50 guests from Northeast Ohio who offered advice on how to get a job like their own as well as the maturity level it takes to get into the workforce altogether.
"There is a lot of advancement, but you have to be willing to study and take tests," Mayfield Heights Police officer Joe Mytrosevich told a room of students. "You're going to be chosen for one position, and there might be 35 people who took that test. It's a competition of who's smarter, who's going to study harder and who wants the job more."
Mytrosevich also brought in his K-9 partner, Jewel, who helps him find drugs and apprehend offenders who attempt to get away. The dog wasn't the only animal in the building on career day. Cleveland Zoo education specialist Theresa Joyce brought an owl and snake with her to demonstrate the kind of creatures she works with.
She, like other professionals that day, stressed to the children that there are more job possibilities than they likely imagined within any industry that interests them. Veterinary technicians and museum naturalists were a couple of the options she mentioned.
The professionals were scattered throughout the building for three sessions that totaled an hour and 15 minutes. Students were randomly given three sessions to attend, in an attempt to give them a broad scope of career opportunities.
Visitors included an attorney, chemist, football coach, judge and clical dietician.