Career Days

Inspire youth, encourage big dreams...

“If you love something enough, and you work really hard, you can make anything into a career.”

– Andrew Manos, Career Day speaker

2019-20 Career Days

South/Mid County

Los Robles High School* 

Friday, September 13th, 2019

9:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Los Prietos Boy’s Camp – 3900 Paradise Rd, Santa Barbara, CA 93105

*This event serves a sensitive population of youth,  participation is limited by special invitation only. For more information, please contact volunteer@sbceo.org

La Colina Junior High

Friday, September 27th 2018
Welcome 8:30-9:25 a.m.
Session A) 9:29-10:19 a.m.
Session B) 10:23-11:13 a.m.
Session C) 11:17 a.m.-12:07 p.m..
Closing 12:07-12:30 p.m.

La Colina Junior High School, 4025 Foothill Rd, Santa Barbara, CA 93110, USA

Goleta Valley Junior High

Friday, October 25, 2019

Welcome 8:30-9:24 a.m.
Session A) 9:28-10:20 a.m.
Session B) 10:24-11:16 a.m.
Session C) 11:20 a.m.-12:12 p.m.

6100 Stow Canyon Rd, Goleta, CA 93117, USA

Carpinteria Middle School

Friday, November 8, 2019 
Welcome 8:30-9:25 a.m.
Session A) 9:29-10:19 a.m.
Session B) 10:33-11:23 a.m.
Session C) 11:27a.m.-12:17 p.m.

Santa Barbara Junior High 

Friday, February 21st, 2020

8:20 -11:57 a.m.

721 E Cota St, Santa Barbara, CA 93103

Santa Ynez School

Friday, May 29th, 2020

9:40 a.m. -12:40 p.m.

3525 Pine St, Santa Ynez, CA 93460

Los Robles High School* 

Friday, March 13th, 2020

9:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Los Prietos Boy’s Camp – 3900 Paradise Rd, Santa Barbara, CA 93105

*This event serves a sensitive population of youth,  participation is limited by special invitation only. For more information, please contact volunteer@sbceo.org

Lompoc Valley Middle School

TBD

8:20 -11:42 a.m.

234 S N St, Lompoc, CA 93436

Vandenberg Middle School 

TBD

8:30 a.m.-12 p.m.

1145 Mountain View Blvd, Vandenberg AFB, CA 93437

La Cumbre Junior High 

TBD

8:20 -11:43 a.m.

2255 Modoc Rd, Santa Barbara, CA 93101

Los Olivos School, 6-8

TBD

8:15 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

2540 Alamo Pintado Ave. Los Olivos, CA 93441

North County

El Camino Junior High 

Wednesday, October 9th, 2019

8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

219 W El Camino St, Santa Maria, CA 93458

Dos Puertas School*

Wednesday, January 8th, 2020

8:30 -11:20 a.m.

Santa Maria Juvenile Hall, 4263 California Blvd, Santa Maria, CA 93455

*This event serves a sensitive population of youth,  participation is limited by special invitation only. For more information, please contact volunteer@sbceo.org

Fesler Junior High 

Wednesday, March 25th, 2020

8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

1100 E Fesler St, Santa Maria, CA 93454

Kermit McKenzie Junior High

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2020

8:25 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

4710 W Main St, Guadalupe, CA 93434

Kermit McKenzie Junior High

Wednesday, April 29th, 2020

8:25 a.m.-12:46 p.m.

4710 W Main St, Guadalupe, CA 93434

TBD

1050 Peralta St, Guadalupe, CA 93434

Olga Reed Elementary School 

TBD

9 a.m.-12 p.m.

480 Centennial St, Los Alamos, CA 93440

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Countywide Career Days, excluding events with limited space

All you need to know about Career Day...

Career Day is an opportunity for young students, typically at the junior high level, to learn about a wide variety of career paths, both locally and beyond. More importantly, they gain the insight that can only come from your personal story–and through your story, your lessons learned. Career Days are about opening young minds and encouraging big dreams. 

Career Day takes place over the course of the morning: Period 1 is when guests check-in and enjoy the principal’s welcome, volunteer introductions, and light refreshments. Periods 2, 3, and 4 have volunteers assigned to each classroom. Ideally, speakers attend the entire event but we are more than happy to make accommodations if necessary.

Volunteers are assigned to individual classrooms and students hear from different speakers throughout the morning. Typically, we assign 2 speakers to each classroom, which allows each person about 25-minutes to share their story and answer questions. 

Remember, the most important part of a successful presentation is an authentic story. Students will instantly find a way to relate. Share your mistakes. If you were a terrible student, say so. Knowing you still made it through somehow will be a source of motivation. Visual aids, discussion questions, or a simple activity to get students talking are also helpful. Our staff is happy to discuss ideas or offer personalized tips–just give us a call. Most often, speakers are placed in pairs, each presenting for half of a class period, and may present to up to four different classes. 

Whether you’re preparing for your first ever Career Day or looking for guidance before heading back to the classroom, consider the outline below when drafting your presentation

  1. Briefly introduce yourself and your title
  2. Get to know your audience
    • Start by asking questions to find out what students already know about your field
    • Find out what they are interested in so you can tailor your presentation to the group
    • Check that they’re following along by spelling out unfamiliar acronyms and defining terms you may use
  3. Personal pathway
    • What were you like when you were their age?
    • Did you always know you wanted to work in this field?
    • Were there any pivotal moments, inspirational figures, or events that steered you in a certain direction?
  4. Secrets to success
    • What soft skills can students work on if they want to pursue a career in your field?
    • What key characteristics or skillsets contribute to success in your role?
  5. Day-to-day
    • What are the responsibilities of your job?
    • Describe a day in your position.’
  6. Q & A
    • Leave time for questions!
Friday, September 28th, 2018 8_30 a.m.-12 p.m.

For more information: E: volunteer@sbceo.org P: 805-964-4710 ext. 4414.

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