FAIRFIELD — Hundreds of high school students walked around a gym Thursday, in search of love.
At least that’s what Daniel Bell, owner of Chef to Go Catering in Vacaville, and others hope the hunt involved and that the Fairfield High School students are successful in their search.
Bell, whose business was one of 50 participants at the career day that took place in the high school gym, agrees with the adage that if you find a career that matches your passion, you’ll never have to work a day in your life because you’ll like your job.
“I love what I’m doing,” said Bell. “You hope kids can find that.”
Broadcasting beckoned some students at the career day, while the law and the military matched the interests of others.
Isaiah Grady, 16, spoke with a representative of KUIC radio in Vacaville and said that the Internet hasn’t killed the importance of the almost century-old broadcasting business.
“If you get in your car,” Grady said, “you have to listen to the radio.”
Fourteen-year-old Michael Saling said meeting with attorney M. Kendall Hillman of Suisun City about a legal career helped boost his interest in pursuing that work.
“I did become more interested,” Saling said.
Hillman said he was impressed with student questions about the law.
“It’s a really good, inquisitive group,” the attorney said.
A legal career remains compelling to teens, he said.
“The media glamorizes it,” he said of his profession. Don’t expect, though, to see Hollywood film Hillman’s legal work. ”I do business and real estate transactions. They don’t make movies about that,” he said.
Hillman agrees with Bell’s belief in pursuing your passion.
“Find out what you love and you’re good at,” he advised students. “If you’re good at it, there’s a place for you.”
Sophomore Daivone Talton, 16, said his visit with representatives of the U.S. military at the career event fueled his interest.
“It inspires me,” he said.
Fairfield High Principal Tim Halloran said the school emphasizes that students should have post-high school plans.
He noted that not everyone begins at a university after high school. Halloran recalled loading trucks as a teamster after his own high school graduation. Fairfield High, he said, wants to teach students resilience and grit – the art of keeping at it. That’s for the sake of students as well as the community, the principal said.
“The last thing we need is to have idle 18-year-olds hanging out in town,” he said.
English teacher Mary Llewelyn said she doesn’t expect many students to join her career.
“We’re a rare breed,” she said of English teachers.
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