POSTED: Tuesday, May 1, 2012 - 9:30pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, May 1, 2012 - 9:34pm
Baton Rouge, La (NBC33) — Eighth graders at Southeast Middle School got a head start in thinking about their careers today.
A number of local professionals, including NBC33 News’ own morning show anchor, Neeha Curtis, sat down with the students today to tell them how they got started with their careers.
School officials tell us Career Day is not just about informing students about the different jobs out there, it's about motivating them to stay in school, graduate, and go on to college.
Some of the students we talked to say they're determined to reach success.
“I hopefully want to be a pediatrician because I like working with children. I work really well with children," said student Dominque Garrison.
"I am looking to become a marine biologist. I really have a tendency to go out and study things like wildlife and sea creatures and different things like that,” stated student Willie Howard. “I made up my mind in eighth grade at Southeast Middle School. I'm sure that's what I want to be when I grow up.”
State troopers, firefighters, entrepreneurs and doctors were just a few of the speakers at the event today.