I hosted my 1st Career Cafe on Friday, and it was a huge success! Thanks so much to Danielle at School Counselor Blog for sharing the idea of career cafes. I know many of her readers have implemented this creative career initiative. You can't tell from the pictures, but I had about 30 5th grade students come.
The man that came was extremely interesting. He served in the Air Force for 4 years and then worked for 35 years with Aviation Week & Space Technology, the world's leading aerospace news magazine. He spent 6 years working in Switzerland and France and manned bureaus in Washington DC, Geneva, Paris, Los Angeles, and New York City. He served as Editor in Chief and Editorial Director of the Aviation Week group of magazines in McGraw Hill's New York World Headquarters for the last 10 years of his career. He was able to talk to the students about being in the Air Force, learning to fly when he was 15, and both writing for and being in charge of a major magazine. He also told amazing stories of all the planes he flew while researching them for the magazine. His favorite flight was flying the U2. He told the kids that it went so high he was able to see the curvature of the earth, the last layer of atmosphere, and the black of space from the plane. He also had a picture of him and President Bush shaking hands. The 5th graders were so impressed and they asked numerous questions. It was awesome! I highly suggest starting a career cafe program at your school if you haven't already. You can read more about my career cafes here. How has Career Cafe worked for you? Who has come to speak? Leave a comment and share.