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Clinton fifth graders hear from variety of professionals at career fair

First National Bank and Trust Company and its financial literacy arm TS Institute recently hosted a career fair for fifth graders at Clinton Elementary School to hear about a variety of professions.

Students spoke with local business professionals to learn about various career fields and the education and training needed for those careers. Here are a few highlights:

  • Justin Fentress, president of DeWitt Savings Bank, spoke about his military career and how that prepared him for success in life and his career.
  • Alexis Riley, choreographer and dance instructor for the Decatur Park District, spoke about her career and other careers revolving around sports and sports management.
  • DeWitt County Sheriff Mike Walker spoke about the differences between a city police officer and a county deputy and how he got to his role as sheriff. He also told the students that although a college degree is not required for all law enforcement jobs, it does show you have some drive and commitment to your career.
  • Terri Wilson, veterinarian technician from the Americana Animal Hospital in Bloomington, Illinois, explained the difference between veterinary assistants, vet techs and veterinarians. She discussed what education is needed for each and the job duties and responsibilities for each. She also brought some interesting X-rays and specimens, such as a preserved heart with heartworms and some bladder stones removed from animals. She spoke about the importance of getting your pets vaccinated regularly and using preventative medication to prevent sickness and possibly death from simple to treat diseases such as heartworm.

Students brainstormed questions to ask their guests and asked some very insightful questions during the event on April 10. Afterwards, the students worked on a career survey in which they listed their hobbies, things they are good at, things they could improve on, careers they can see themselves in and what steps they should take to achieve their career goals.

TS Institute and First National Bank and Trust would like to thank all of our presenters for taking time out of their busy days to come and speak to the students.

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