Students get a taste of many professions during Career Day

By Wally Robinson - ReminderNews
Ellington - posted Thu., Mar. 31, 2011
Restaurant Associates executive chef Bill Unterstein speaks to the WIS students. Photos by Wally Robinson.
Restaurant Associates executive chef Bill Unterstein speaks to the WIS students. Photos by Wally Robinson.

The Windermere Intermediate School in Ellington hosted its 13th annual Career Day for its sixth-grade students on March 25, inviting 21 guests from the region to share information about their professions.

“The basic idea is to give students a look at occupations that they think they might be interested in pursuing, and to better understand how what they are studying now will be of importance in those pursuits,” said Windermere teacher Lisa Schumacher.

Career Day followed a month-long career awareness program conducted by school counselor Marilyn Toback-Reveley. The students chose four areas of interest and then attended a half-hour presentation on each of them.

NBC Connecticut’s Ryan Hanrahan delivered a presentation on meteorology. “What’s more basic to our everyday lives than the weather?” he asked. He described the advances in technology that have enabled meteorologists to be more accurate in their forecasts, while ruefully admitting that sometimes a best guess is the only answer. “My colleagues and I at the station all review the available data individually,” he said, in answer to a question. “What looked like rain at 6 p.m. could well look like snow by 11 p.m.”

The culinary arts presentation was handled by Bill Unterstein, an executive chef with Restaurant Associates, and also a Windermere parent. “I had a love of cooking from an early age and started out working in restaurants in high school. Read that as ‘washing dishes,’” he said with a smile. He later attended culinary school and then worked his way up the kitchen hierarchy from line cook, to sous chef, to his current position. He whipped up an offering of ricotta gnocchi for the students to sample.

Catherine Seaver, of Manchester Community College, offered a look at computer engineering as it applied to the cruise ship industry.

The ReminderNews’ own local staff writer, Steve Smith, gave the students a slide presentation on his career in journalism and photography.

Other occupations represented included real estate, insurance, computer repair, vocational trades, teaching, law, marine sciences, banking, veterinary technology, website technology, juvenile probation and the arts.


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