Career Days

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

– Andrew Manos, Career Day speaker

2019 Career Day Schedule

South/Mid County

Vandenberg Middle School 

Friday, April 12th, 2019

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

1145 Mountain View Blvd, Vandenberg AFB, CA 93437

Los Olivos School, 6-8*

Thursday, April 18th, 2019

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

2540 Alamo Pintado Ave. Los Olivos, CA 93441

*Structure varies from other Career Days: Depending on students’ interest, four career pathways are selected. 2-5 volunteers are recruited for each industry topic to present on a panel.

2019 Panel Tops: TBD

La Cumbre Junior High 

Friday, April 26th, 2019 (from 3/19/19)

8:20 -11:43 a.m.

2255 Modoc Rd, Santa Barbara, CA 93101

Santa Ynez School, 6-8*

Tuesday, June 4th, 2019

9:30 a.m.-12:20 p.m.

3525 Pine St, Santa Ynez, CA 93460

*Santa Ynez is a very small school, only a few select volunteers will be asked to participate each year, depending on students’ interests

North County

Olga Reed Elementary School 

Friday, March 29th, 2019

9 a.m.-12 p.m.

480 Centennial St, Los Alamos, CA 93440

Kermit McKenzie High 

Wednesday, April 10th, 2019

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

4710 W Main St, Guadalupe, CA 93434

Mary Buren Elementary School 

Wednesday, May 29th, 2019

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

1050 Peralta St, Guadalupe, CA 93434

Inspire youth, encourage big dreams...


South and Mid-County 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!

2018-19 Completed Career Days

South/Mid County

Los Robles High School* 

Friday, September 7th, 2018

7:30 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

La Colina Junior High

Friday, September 28th 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.

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


Goleta Valley Junior High

Friday, October 26, 2018

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 9, 2018
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.


Lompoc Valley Middle School

Friday, January 18th, 2019

8:20 -11:42 a.m.

234 S N St, Lompoc, CA 93436

Santa Barbara Junior High 

Friday, February 22nd, 2019

8:20 -11:57 a.m.

721 E Cota St, Santa Barbara, CA 93103

Los Robles High School* 

Friday, March 22nd, 2019

7:30 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

North County

Santa Maria High School 

Thursday, October 11, 2018

8:30am – 12:30pm

901 S Broadway, Santa Maria, CA 93454, USA

El Camino Junior High 

Wednesday, February 6th, 2019

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

219 W El Camino St, Santa Maria, CA 93458

Fesler Junior High 

Wednesday, March 20th, 2019

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

1100 E Fesler St, Santa Maria, CA 93454

Friday, September 28th, 2018 8_30 a.m.-12 p.m.

For more information: E: P: 805-964-4710 ext. 4414.

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