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Showing posts from December, 2012

Virtual Career Fair: Personal Trainer

Name: Manny
Position:Body Transformation Specialist, Xpress Boot Camps in Farmingdale New York

How did you get your job: I created this position for myself because I have always enjoyed working out and staying fit, and I noticed that most folks were struggling to achieve their goals.I had plenty of experience helping people get in shape from previous profession and this saw this as a great opportunity to be my own boss.

Desribe a day (or week) in your job: A week in my job consists of preparing workouts for my clients, following up on their weekly progress and writing articles and emails to keep my clients focused and motivated.I usually get to the gym at 6am most mornings and start with my own workout followed by my group classes and personal training clients.

Advice for teens in doing your job: My advice for any teen interested in following my steps is to go out and get certified by a national certifying organization then get certified in first aid and CPR in the event of an emergency.S…

Virtual Career Fair: High School Teacher

First Name and Position: Esther, High School Teacher

Degree (if any): Masters of Education, University of Houston

What made you decide on your profession: I thought it would be easy! Hahahahaha!

How did you get your job: I started teaching in Houston.At the time, there were many openings and an education degree was not required in Texas.In NY, a master degree is required.

Describe a day (or week) in your job: A typical day will involve the following: 5 teaching periods, 1 lunch which you finish in 10 minutes so you can do other things, 1 duty period in which you ask teenagers for a pass to be in the hallway and are met with a variety of responses, and 2 “off” periods in which you are supposed to accomplish the following: phone calls home, meetings with deans, meetings with counselors, copying your materials, lesson planning, grading, collaborating with your colleagues, entering grades into the computer, checking your email, filling out forms, “data collection” and providing extra help for…

Teen Book Review: Lincoln's Last Days

Lincoln's Last Days by Bill O'Reilly Review
by J. H.

Lincoln's Last Days by Bill O'Reilly is an excellent book.It is a book about the last few days of President Lincoln's life.It went into a lot of details about the events surrounding his assassination.The author was so good in describing the event that I felt like I was in Ford's Theatre.It helped me understand the time period because everything in the book is in order and they tell you the dates of the events in the book. The book also had a lot of illustrations to help you understand what happened during that time.

I wish there were more books like this that described different events in history.It was very interesting and I enjoyed reading about it.I enjoyed learning about this historic event and President Lincoln's life and death.I am sure you will also find this book both interesting and informative.You should pick up a copy of this book at our library!

Virtual Career Fair: YA Author Jen Calonita

First Name and Position:Jen Calonita, author of young adult fiction novels like Secrets of My Hollywood Life

Degree (if any): Bachelor’s Degree from Boston College where I majored in communications

What made you decide on your profession: I’ve always loved to write and knew I wanted to be a writer. I thought I’d just work in newspapers and magazines. The author part came much later!

How did you get your job: I highly advise an internship. I got one during college at a teen magazine and it gave me a great perspective on what it would be like to actually do that job. As for being an author, I would suggest taking as many writing classes as you can.

Describe a day (or week) in your job: It depends on the day. Some days I can write for five or six hours, other days it is two. I like to have dedicated writing days so I can really focus on my work.

Advice for teens interested in doing your job:  Read as much as you can as often as you can. It’s a great resource and will broaden your mind on dif…

Virtual Career Fair: Makeup Artist/Actor

Name: Nathan Johnson, Make Up Artist, Actor and Writer in NYC
Degree: Masters Degree, Classical Acting, ColumbiaUniversity

What made you decide on your profession: Acting, writing and beauty have always been a passion of mine, so it was an obvious choice.

How did you get your job: After leaving my small town in MA, I came to the big city to study acting. I was fortunate to work with many great talents and to land some pretty great roles (One life to Live, The Party Planner with David Tutera, My Big Gay Italian Wedding). All through my acting career, beauty kept knocking on my door. Whenever I was in a show, 7 times out of 10, they would learn that I had a talent for make up and it would lead to my designing and/or applying the make up to my cast mates. Eventually, I started working with celebrities. At present, my work has graced the faces of 300+ celebrities, ranging from Lea Michele and Paula Abdul to Paul McCartney and Alicia Keyes. I was the artist on two seasons of Project Runway an…

Virtual Career Fair: Casting Director

First Name and Position: Danielle, Casting Director at Aufiero/Horn Casting

Degree: Bachelor of Arts
What made you decide on your profession: I have always loved the entertainment industry and have always paid attention to casting and why certain actors get certain roles.  Casting has always intrigued me.
How did you get your job: I started as an intern in a small casting office and got experience and moved up quickly. After moving to LA and working on some bigger projects, I started my own business two years ago and my partner and I have been keeping busy ever since.
Describe a day (or week) in your job: Every day is different. I spend my days auditioning actors, talking to agents, managing expectations and trying to make sure everyone involved in a project is seeing the cast that they envision. We also have a lot of administrative duties as well including scheduling audition sessions, filing paperwork, and the phone can sometimes ring off the hook. It’s a fast paced environment and…

Coping with Tragedy

The recent events in Connecticut have upset us all. Here are some tips from websites that can help you when things go wrong in your life or in the world:
From the Women's  & Children's Health Network of Australia
Feelings after a tragedy
Shock and disbelief. "That can't be real". Denial and disbelief are ways we cope immediately after hearing about a tragedy. This is a way of not becoming totally overwhelmed by the tragedy.
Numb. It can even seem like you feel nothing. The tragedy was so shocking that you feel none of your emotions are working at all.
Scared. Feeling afraid for your safety is a normal reaction to news of a tragedy. When there is a natural disaster such as a bushfire, earthquake or tsunami, or someone is killed in a car accident or murdered, or terrorists attack someone, or there is a war, it is normal to think twice about how safe you are. Being worried about the future is another common reaction. "What will the world turn out like?" &qu…

Teen Review of "Lincoln"

Worthy of a Monument
by C.T.

Packed with award-winning actors and directed by Spielberg, Lincoln offers a riveting look inside the office of the 16th president. Set during the President’s last four months in office, the film focuses on the struggle to preserve the union and end the bloody Civil War as well as enact the 13th Amendment with a strong opposition. Not only does the film paint the portrait of Lincoln the President, it also shows him as a father, a husband, and a comical story-teller.
            Daniel Day-Lewis does not just play Lincoln, he becomes him as his acting extends beyond mimicry. His uncanny resemblance only adds to his mastery of the character. With his slouched posture, deep-in-thought demeanor, and command of his words, Day-Lewis’ performance is well worth its praise. Other outstanding performances were those of Sally Field as Mary Todd Lincoln and Tommy Lee Jones as radical abolitionist, Thaddeus Stevens.
            Along with a grand depiction of Lincol…

Virtual Career Fair: Office Manager

First Name and Position: Stephanie - office manager
Degree: Bachelors degree
What made you decide on your profession: I decided on my current profession because of my love for numbers and independence.
How did you get your job: I got my current job through an ad on Craigslist
Describe a day in your job: A day in my job consists of handling all office duties.Accounts receivables, payables, bookkeeping, monitoring of all accounts, secretarial duties, etc.

Advice for teens: My advice for teens is to realize what they love in life the most and incorporate that into a feasible profession.It is hard right now as it is to find employment, but happiness is key.

Virtual Career Fair: CPA

Michele Frontino – CPA. I work out of my home office. I also visit various clients and work at their offices.

Degree: I have a BBA with a concentration in Accounting from Adelphi University
What made you decide on your profession: I knew that I wanted to go into the business field. I was always good with numbers. I like having the interaction with different people all of the time. All of those things added up to becoming an accountant. Once I started working at a public accounting firm, I realized that I wanted to get my CPA certification.

How did you get your job: Adelphi had a great placement for soon to be accounting graduates. The Accounting Society and faculty would arrange for “office visits” during the summer. We also had many opportunities to meet with recruiters during the year at various events. We would tell the placement office what firms we were interested in and they would submit our resumes. If you were granted an interview, the first interview was held on campus. Any addi…

Virtual Career Fair: Newspaper Reporter

First Name and Position : Alfonso, reporter for Newsday.

Degree : Bachelor’s degree in studio art from Queens College, master’s degree from the Columbia School of Journalism.
What made you decide on your profession: I’ve always enjoyed writing and broadcasting, and began takingjournalism classes in college because I was considering working in radio. I excelled in the journalism program and upon my graduation, I was offered a summer internship at Newsday. I quickly realized that working as a newspaper reporter could be a very exciting and fulfilling job (if not a lucrative one.) It allowed me to meet a lot of interesting people, experience a lot of exciting things, and express myself creatively.

How did you get your job: I worked hard during that summer internship with the hope that I would land a two-year internship, which paid better and was usually a path to a fulltime job. I didn’t get the two-year internship at first, but did have my internship extended for a few months. I kept worki…

Virtual Career Fair: Chiropractor

Name: Dr. Walter F. Priestley – Chiropractor

Degree: B.A. – Stony Brook University  D.C. – New YorkChiropracticCollege D.I.C.C.P. – PalmerCollege

What made you decide on your profession: I wanted to go into the Marine Corps and be a Pilot; I ended up breaking my ankle one month before OfficerTraining School . I learned about Chiropractic from my brother that year. I visited his practice, went to a few seminars on Chiropractic and thought that I would be good at it, make some money, help some people and have some fun.
How did you get your job: In 1988, I started on a shoe string, 26 years old, no money, no patients and no place to work. I borrowed some money from my parents and I sub-leased some  part-time office space from another Doctor, worked side jobs, solicited new patients everywhere I went i.e. parties, bars, the beach, the park, family gatherings, at my side jobs, mailings. Eventually, I started making money and building my practice, then it snowballed from there.


Virtual Career Fair: Project Manager/Architecture

First Name and Position: John. Project Manager at N2 Design + Architecture, P.C.
Degree:BA in Architecture @ NYIT
What made you decide on your profession?
Inspiration brought about by places I've been and experienced as well as places I've seen in books and television.I have no 'hero' that I looked up to as a kid... I just liked buildings, spaces, landscapes, etc. Architecture challenges you to think in four dimensions, so if one enjoys problem solving, it’s very gratifying.In addition, if you’re inclined to a mathematical vocation as well as an artistic one, architecture should be a great field for you.
How did you get your job?
When I graduated, I was approached by an engineer that taught at my school.He had said he shared an office with an architect who needed help.Within a couple of days I was behind a computer working at that office.Being that I was also good at technology (network admin and computer tech), it made it very easy for me to find gigs throughout my career.

Virtual Career Fair: Librarian

I am going to start sending a questionnaire to various people who work in many different occupations. I thought it would give you some insight as to what these people do on a daily basis and get you thinking about the career you want to have in the future. Of course, to make it easy, I started with me.

First Name and Position: Natalie. Head of Young Adult Services at Farmingdale Public Library
Degree: I have a MSLIS (Master of Science in Library & Information Science – yes you need a degree to be a librarian) and a MA (Master of Arts in English)
What made you decide on your profession?  I fell into my job. While in college, I studied to be a High School English teacher. During my last semester, I dropped out of the teaching program. With no idea what to do next, I decided to attend graduate school for my Master in English. While getting this degree, I learned about library school. I practically lived in the library & thought it would be a great career for me.
I planned to wor…