Carter Philanthropy | Career Day

Carter Associates Share Jobs with Students at Local Elementary School

This week, Carter associates volunteered on Wednesday morning at Garden Hills Elementary School for Career Day. Carter had previously visited the school in October for “Project for a Day” and read aloud to students on the importance of choosing a career, click here to read blog. 

Carter was invited back by Principal Tommy Usher to join in with parents and share their professional experiences in the workplace such as day-to-day responsibilities, operations, work environment and team relationships with students from 3rd, 4th and 5th grade classes. 

Carter’s accounting, development, human resources, IT services and marketing departments were all represented. Charles Bonds presented on behalf of Carter’s development team; Derek Davis educated the students on jobs in information technology; Jacole Todd and Lauren Guilbeau defined the role of human resources within a company; John Carpenter and Mike Anderson financed their way through the world of accounting; and Laurie Israel described marketing services focusing on graphic design.

Most of the associates were placed on a panel and got to speak for 5-10 minutes at a time while students were rotated by class through the gymnasium. The school counselor, John Gaither, thanked Carter for “really filling out” the program today and giving the children a chance to learn about possible careers that they hadn’t even known existed before today.

The children were very interested in the presentation and asked a lot of questions including “How long does it take to build a building” and of course, “How much money do you make?” The students were asked if any of them had any jobs and almost half of them raised their hands and shared that they made money doing chores, yard work, babysitting and one little girl said she sold chocolates in a restaurant.

The only Carter associate who was not on a panel was Charles Bonds; he gave his development presentation within the media center and used visual boards with aerial photography, site plans and architectural renderings. Listen to him describe what a developer is here.

After students listened to his presentation, their teachers asked them to relate Charles’ job as a developer back to the IB Learner Profile, which they have studied as an authorized International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program. IB learns strive to be inquirers, knowledgeable, thinkers, communicators, principled, open-minded, caring, risk-takers, balanced and reflective. Jacole Todd, HR Manager, remarked that “As the teacher began to ask the students about the learner profiles, it was amazing to hear the excitement as they recalled the characteristics associated with each applicable profile based on the job responsibilities shared in the project presentation!”

Thanks to all of our associates for volunteering their time and boldly giving back to our local community!

To see a full photo gallery of Carter’s associates at Career Day, click here

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