Thousands of ninth graders explore their futures at the '14 Career Exploration Fair

More than 7,400 Metro Schools' freshmen attended the Academies of Nashville 6th Annual "My Future, My Way" Career Exploration Fair. This is a chance for every freshman in the district to explore areas of study, college opportunities and careers first hand. After getting a taste at the career fair, they can explore the areas that interest them most and find the right pathway to study in high school. IMG_2381-001

It's no easy task and this event makes sure no one field is left out. In all, 600 business partners came together at the Music City Center, all of them ready to be interviewed by students about what they need to learn in school now to make a big difference later in life.

CMT setup a red carpet allowing students to try their hand at broadcasting and ask those who work there now what they learned to get there.

Those looking to get behind the scenes got a chance to see inside MTSU's TV production truck and hear about the types of unique career paths available.

The Nashville Electric Service gave lessons on the jobs they do. (Note the metal squirrel!) They demonstrated that education is key to safety.


Another great lesson learned was about giving back and getting involved. Meharry Medical College staff explained how volunteering now can make a big difference later in any field.

This year's fair was hosted by Metro Schools and the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce. It was sponsored for fourth consecutive year by Shoney’s and included participation by Shoney’s Chairman and CEO David Davoudpour.


“Shoney’s has made giving back to the community a hallmark of our company’s culture,” said Mr. Davoudpour. “We truly believe investing our time and energy into these young people will help them see a path forward in their education and allow them to make the connection between achieving in school and success in the work place.”

Mr. Davoudpour proclaimed, "The future of America is in this room. They will be carrying the torch one day. One of these kids could even be President!"

Shoney's also provided cookies & fresh made smoothies to all of freshman. THANK YOU!