Career Exploration Lunches

Vandercook Lake Middle School

How to prepare for your visit

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Where To Go:

The program is for 6th, 7th and 8th grade students and takes place during their lunch period (11:15-1:00)* at Vandercook Lake High School. (Middle School and High School are both housed within this building) When you arrive, please check in at the main office and you will be escorted to the cafeteria.

*If your featured program falls on a Wednesday, the school has a slightly adjusted schedule and lunch is from 11:45-1:15 that day.

What To Expect:

With the program taking place during the students' lunch period, a formal presentation is not necessary. A table will be provided to each representative, which students will visit at-will through their lunch period. Typically, an administrator or teacher will provide a brief introduction of the career field featured and the representatives present.

What To Bring:

Visual displays are always helpful to attract the students to the table. Photos, posters, brochures, a pop-up banner or a table cover are recommended, if available. Feel free to include not just information about what your particular career is but also about your employer. It's a good way to demonstrate that their ideas of career possibilities and what companies they can actually work in that career may surprise them.

As stated previously, we will have a table available for your use with electrical connection available. If you would like to bring a laptop to show photo slides, you are welcome to do so. There will be approximately 300 students participating in the 3 lunches, though you certainly do not need to bring goodies/giveaways or literature for that many. (Please do not feel that you are required to bring anything to hand out. This is completely up to you.) The policy that we've been following is that if the career representative is giving away goodies, the students need to ask a question to get them. It helps keep them focused on the purpose of the visit. =)

We hope this helps you to prepare for your visit. We are so grateful that you are willing to share your time and experience as part of this program.

Questions? We Can Help!

If you have any questions or concerns, you are welcome to contact me at or by cell phone (248)207-5422.

How should I set up my table? See below for photo samples

What will the students want to know?

Students are encouraged to visit the table and ask questions. I've included a list of some general information that you may want to have on hand (based on the most common inquiries received):

-What type of postsecondary education is necessary for this career?

-What soft skills contribute to success within this career?

-What is the median salary for this career in Michigan?

-What factors influenced your decision to pursue this career path?

-How did you learn about this career?

-What are your favorite things about this career?

-What are the biggest challenges that you face?

Career Exploration Lunches

The Career Exploration Lunches program is a tactic of the Cradle 2 Career Middle School Action Team. The intent of this program is to cultivate among middle school students a greater awareness of the varied career opportunities available to them and the educational pathways to these opportunities. Each day that the program is in session spotlights a different field and may include representation from the Jackson Area Career Center and/or community professionals working in careers related to this field.