Metro freshmen get opportunity to explore career choices first-hand

"When am I ever going to use this?" The Academy model used in Metro high schools has been focused on helping students answer this questions, and in order to help students decide which Academy is best for their interests and future career opportunities.

This past Thursday, Oct. 28, more than 6,800 Metro public high school freshmen participated in the annual My Future, My Way Career Exploration Fair at the Music City Center. Students from all public and charter schools attended the event, where they learned first-hand about career opportunities from more than 100 area businesses and nonprofits – many of which had hands-on demonstrations of the work they do.

“‘My Future, My Way’ is a great chance for students to talk to professionals in their fields of interest,” said Director of Schools Dr. Shawn Joseph. “They learn that committing themselves to achieving in school and putting forth effort now can lead to higher education or a great career in the future.”

Businesses involved included Shoney's, Nashville Electric Service, Metro Nashville Pollice Department, Davidson County Sheriff, Ford, Omni Hotels and Resorts and so many more. Libscomb University and Nashville State Community College also had booths set up so that students could learn about potential college majors like pharmacy and engineering.


“I’m happy to continue Shoney’s participation in this truly life-changing event for these young people,” said David Davoudpour, chairman and CEO of Shoney’s. “The My Future, My Way Career Exploration Fair exposes high school freshmen to real career paths available in their hometown. It motivates them to see the possibilities of a future in school and beyond and helps them to set goals toward a positive and sustainable path.”

The My Future, My Way Career Exploration Fair was launched in 2009 through a joint partnership between Metro Schools and the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce as part of the Academies of Nashville initiative in 12 Metro zoned high schools. Shoney’s soon joined as a sponsor, allowing the event to be staged at Music City Center.

“All of this is achieved through the work of volunteers,” said Ralph Schulz, president and CEO of the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce. “People from businesses, nonprofits and area universities all come together to make this event happen, and their efforts will show up in the lives of these young people and in a growing economy.”