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Career Day Gives Students New Insights to Professional Paths

Career Day Gives Students New Insights to Professional Paths
Tanya Olander

In a series of interactive sessions, SSIS high school students recently dove into the fascinating careers of more than 20 professionals from our extended community. 

Speakers at our recent Career Day generously shared their academic and professional experiences, stemming from a wide range of industries—medicine, corporate law, financial technology, design, and diplomacy, among others. 

“Understand and analyze the story you’ve been told, as well as the story you tell,” the Director of Strategy at Sequoia Capital, Long Do, told students. Co-presenter Sophia Woo, who was involved in recruitment at Goldman Sachs, gave students this advice: “Apply through various channels; summer jobs and internships show your passion.” Dr. CamTu Nguyen (pictured above) explained the challenge of various chains of communication that a medical professional must consider. 

Diplomat Victoria Orero shared her experiences in the field of diplomacy.

To give students time to experience several industries, Career Day was organized into three sessions. Blake, Grade 10, was inspired to explore beyond his comfort zone and consider new opportunities, expanding his current thinking about career options. Grade 9 student, Minseo, planned to use her newfound insights to help her plan her high school experience. 

Dr. Carlos Adelantado, who spent many years working as a veterinarian before becoming a science teacher, shares how varied a degree in biology can be. He was one of several professionals on our SSIS faculty who also presented.

Career Development Opportunities

“Career Day is an incredible opportunity for many reasons,” said high school counselor Matt Stevens. “Not only does it foster a sense of curiosity and motivation, but it establishes a crucial connection between the academic environment and the world of work. Career Day is one of several ways we nurture career development.”

Students gathered after a session by Andreas Klingler, General Director of Porsche Vietnam, as he shared additional insights on a career in the luxury automotive industry.

Candle, Grade 10, said she had an “aha moment” and is now thinking about how she can use internships and summer jobs in college. She was also excited to be reminded that she will qualify for the SSIS internship program next summer. 

Career Day gives students the unique opportunity to talk one-on-one to industry professionals. Here a student talks with Doctor of Psychiatry, Dr. Vy Vu.​​​​

The professionals were just as engaged as the students. “I couldn’t believe the great questions and curiosity your students possess,” remarked Dr. Manny, Senior Director of Design at RMIT University. “Our presentations were well attended and the students demonstrated so much interest!”

By having early conversations about career paths through opportunities like Career Day, SSIS is not only expanding students’ awareness of possible industries but is also underscoring vital experiences like internships. 

Thanks to all of our Career Day presenters. Your generous contributions have empowered and inspired the next generation of global leaders!

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