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March 16, 2013

Seventh-graders explore careers at "Real World" event

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It’s not all fun and games, though. Most doctors and surgeons work long hours and get called in late at night or early in the morning for emergencies. They don’t always get regular sleep, and they’re often on their feet for seven or eight hours at a time, she said.

Despite those downfalls, it’s a career Graham is still considering.

“I want to help people,” he said.

But as much as he wants to be a doctor, he wants do other things, too. He is still considering a job in the armed forces.

He is not alone.

The six sessions on the armed forces drew 220 students. The only career that was more popular Friday was the FBI, which brought in 226 kids.

“Everyone wants to be an FBI agent,” said Joe Dunbar, who helped organize this year’s event.

He said the careers that kids see on TV are always popular. The career that surprised him this year was culinary arts.

Nearly 130 seventh-graders chose to explore that career at the Real World event. Dunbar said he attributes the growth partly to cooking shows on the Food Network and on network television.

But he said many students in Maple Crest’s career school attend that session to decide if they want to learn culinary arts at the Kokomo Area Career Center.

“That program has really ballooned,” he said.

Down the hall from Backer’s classroom, Sheila Rees and some of her cosmetology students at the career center talked to younger students about a career doing hair and makeup.

She said her students work hard in the classroom.

They use math and chemistry when they’re learning how to mix hair color and developer. They hone their communication skills so they can talk to customers when they need to.

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