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Career Day 2009

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Career Day at Blessed Trinity took a quantum leap forward this year as it hosted a record 35 speakers and embellished the format to provide students more choices and more focused time with speakers in careers of interest.

The October 6 event opened with a continental breakfast for speakers, hosted by BT Ambassadors, administration and Career Day committee parent volunteers. BT Chaplain Father Ricardo Bailey opened the day with a prayer welcoming guest speakers and thanking God for their many gifts.

The morning’s agenda for the student body began with a very special treat and honor for all participants. Deacon Dennis Dorner, chancellor for the archdiocese, opened Career Day for the entire BT community with a prayer and introduction of the Archdiocese of Atlanta's newly ordained Auxiliary Bishop Luis Rafael Zarama. In his keynote address, Bishop Zarama set the tone for the day by encouraging students to listen for and be open to God’s calling in their lives as they continue schooling and consider career options.

Following the address students attended four speaker sessions based on their responses to surveys conducted in September. Speakers were paired and assigned to locations so that each student who had completed a survey got to hear at least one of his or her four choices, with most upperclassmen hearing two or three of their top picks. 

In addition to a number of parents and community guests, the speaker roster included four BT alums: Torie Trent ’04, Shaun Borsky ’04, Jessica Rowell ’03, and Chase Oliver ’04. Sessions were facilitated by BT Ambassadors.

In the school's continuing effort to provide a meaningful career day opportunity, suggestions were solicited from students, faculty, and speakers who attended last year’s Career Day. Their input supported the following changes for this year:

> Moved Career Day from the spring to fall to facilitate student planning for both coursework and service hour obligations and responsibilities

> Increased the number of speakers from eight to 35 to allow for more variety and more choice

> Decreased the number of students per location to allow for more focused time and encourage interaction between speakers and students

> Increased speaking time to 20 minutes per speaker so that more detailed information about careers could be shared.

> Add Student Ambassadors and BT alums in significant roles

Continuing the Committee's focus on the link between service and vocation, a service fair was again hosted in the lobby so  representatives could acquaint students with service opportunities and students could sign up for upcoming events.

This year’s Career Day was a huge success, thanks to contributions and hard work from a number of parties, especially for our parent volunteer coordinator for Career Day, Polly Hyatt, with support from Susan Dorner, BT assistant principal, and Kate McWilliam, the school's alumni directo. Many thanks are due to the students, alums, volunteers, and staff for their support and participation.