All careers should be represented

Published 10:21 pm Friday, November 22, 2019

To the editor:

I am writing in response to the article titled “Students explore options at fair,” published in your newspaper on Wednesday, Nov. 20.

For a while now, I have been supportive of these special initiatives in order to propel teens toward a career. However, I believe there has been an unseen problem. This is something that has affected me and my abilities to get the jump start that I desired.

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At a young age, I became very interested in global affairs. However, whenever I went to a career fair, I never found any program that was related to such a field. Although there were many different careers and specialty options, my interested field did not appear in such events.

It was the complete opposite story for my brother, who was introduced to a program known as the Advanced Technology Center in Virginia Beach. He was then able to get a jump start to his desired career in cybersecurity, obtaining valuable certifications while in high school.

These limited choices have driven me to raise the question: How do we accommodate everyone with all different desires for a career? The first step, I believe, would be the ability for people to realize that not all people are receiving these same, special kickstarts to their prospective career. There may seem like a lot of choices, but they are somehow still limited.

Caleb Tall

Virginia Beach