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Game helps teens discover new career paths

Commentary by Brionna Johnson

50th Space Wing Public Affairs

I’m sure most people are familiar with the game Jeopardy. It’s a game show where contestants answer a variety of questions to win or lose money. As the prices for the categories increase, the questions become more difficult. You would have to be very smart in order to win on Jeopardy, or even to be a contestant on the show. At the last Steps to Success session, we took the game Jeopardy to a new level.

In this Jeopardy game, it was the Career Path Edition. The summer student hire, Alex Bragado, hosted the game. In the game, there were three teams of two: the Pink Jellyfish, the Lady Hawks, and, my group, the Blue Belugas. The categories included: psychiatrist, doctor, baker, military, communications and art. To buzz in to answer a question, all we had to do was slap the table. My partner was the designated slapper, but we both answered the questions. The points ranged from 100 to 500, including two daily doubles in unknown spots.

I was stumped by most of the questions that were in the game, as were some of the other teens. However, my partner and I were way ahead of the pack. The most difficult category for me was psychiatrist. I thought it was funny how some of the other groups were stuck in the negatives. But in the end, my group won the game. My prize was a talking picture frame and my partner’s prize was a frisbee.

The point of this Jeopardy game was to inform the teens about the different career paths that the teens could possibly pursue after high school. My main interest was in communications and I learned a lot about the field. I learned that people who major in communications end up having a career that makes $30,000 a year. For as long as I could remember, I’ve always wanted to have a career that involves being in a newsroom.

Think back and remember all the major events that have happened in your life. Depending on who you are, you might have few or many. They can even be on opposite ends of the spectrum. The teens at the session were asked to make a timeline of their lives from when they were first born to present. I didn’t really have many activities I had done until the beginning of the year 2000, so I started from there. I listed all the events and activities in which I participated. They included sports, volunteer and job experiences, and musical activities. Many of the other teens added all the places they’ve moved to, the things they’ve done and the things they learned while they were there. The purpose of creating this timeline was for us to realize the special skills and assets we gained from the activities we have accumulated. The timeline can also help teens figure out what skills to put on resumes, which they will learn more about during the next session.

There are only three more sessions left in the Steps to Success program. So come out to the next one, which will be held Friday. For more information, contact Mary Barkley at 567-5464.

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