By: Grace Graf/Senior Writer
According to researchers from Brookings, rural schools like Blue Ridge need career counselors that help students connect their current schooling to their future plans.
Last year BR created the career counselor position and moved Shauna Williams, already a BR school guidance counselor, to fill that role.
Williams says, “Last year when the district created the career counselor position, I decided to take it. I loved being a school counselor, but my favorite part of my job has always been career.”
Last year, says Williams, her time to help students focus strictly on career planning was limited.
“I didn’t have a ton of time to do that part because there was always so many other critical things happening with the social, emotional and academic responsibilities of my job. I am excited to have the opportunity to do this and work with the Blue Ridge students in a different way.”
“This year, I am hoping to meet with the students who indicate they need extra support in their career and college searches, work with Smart Futures to see what the goals and dreams of the students are, and use that information to make decisions and create events and experiences for next year.”
Williams is also in charge of job shadowing and senior interviews, both of which are graduation requirements. Moving forward she hopes to meet with all juniors and seniors to discuss and make plans for after high school.
She says, “We can utilize some great resources to find the best career path for them if they aren’t sure.”
According to Williams she is “hoping to create field trips and real life experiences for students in grades 9-12 to get them into the community and see what the college and the workforce are really like.”
Some of the larger plans, she says, “include a career fair, career panel and a series of monthly speakers for small groups of interested students to sign up for.”
She is located in room 237 in the middle school near the high school library.
Williams says “Feel free to pop in, say hi and let me know if you need any extra career support.”
Williams recommends joining the career Remind @brcareer to get a hold of her with any questions.