The Day – Was a future superstar journalist in the high school cafeteria this week?

One of the dozens of New London High School seniors we spoke to at a job fair last Wednesday could become a journalist, editor, photographer, advertising rep or web developer.

Although not, we appreciated the opportunity to join other employers in the area – Electric Boat, New London City Police, Fire, Public Works and Schools, Mohegan Sun and Enterprise Rent-a-Car – to tell students about our business.

We displayed our website as well as copies of our daily, weekly and monthly publications to groups of seniors who toured the cafeteria to talk with potential employers. We were happy that nine students signed up to learn about internships and freelance cameraman jobs that might be available for high school sporting events.

It’s the kind of engagement opportunity we relish as we seek to make our company more representative of the community we serve and reach new audiences. Most seniors we spoke to were familiar with The Day – some mentioned our high school sports GameDay live streams – but many were unsure of what we offer beyond daily news, such as podcasts and The Day Magazine .

Local news is what The Day is all about, and my newsroom colleague Carlos Virgen and I talked to the students about the work of editors, reporters and photographers. We’ve answered questions about deadlines and daily tasks and explained the thrill — or agony, depending on your personality type — of never knowing what stories we’ll be dealing with day-to-day.

The Newsroom isn’t for everyone, and students also got to hear about the work of other departments within The Day from Stephanie Chang, Digital Advertising Specialist, and Brissett Cuadros, Web Developer for our digital services department.

We were happy to be invited back to the high school for a bigger job fair in May.

The Day organizes its own job fairs, and there will soon be one. On April 6, we will be joined by major employers from across the region from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Mystic Marriott.

But there’s something special about talking to young people in the months leading up to high school graduation. (Think of all the commencement party cliches you’ve heard about endless possibilities and new beginnings and apply them here.)

Kevin Booker Jr., an educator and former city councilor who organized Wednesday’s event, captured the urgency with which seniors should connect personally beyond their peers while sharing practical life-seeking tips. ‘use. He told the students, “Your network is your net worth,” showing them how to shake hands tightly and make a visual connection.

“Don’t waste time,” Booker told the seniors. “You all only have three months of school before entering the real world. You need to start logging in now.”

Booker’s advice surely applies to us at The Day, and perhaps to you in your work and personal life.

Karen Florin is The Day’s engagement editor. She can be reached at [email protected] or (860) 701-4217.

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