Scarlett Middle School’s annual Portfolio Day is a rite of passage for more than 200 eighth graders, who shared their portfolios of classwork and awards with about 90 local professionals representing a wide variety of fields.
Several of the volunteers—who gave up their afternoons to help the students hone their interview skills—said they enjoyed the conversations with students just as much as they hoped the students did.
“I think it went great—I was more nervous than the student I was interviewing,” said Amy Shepherd, who works in education. “She was really fascinating. She showed me her portfolio and did a wonderful job with her presentation skills. She was very engaging and she’s going to do well. She’s going to do well.”
This was the fourth year Ann Arbor Police Officer Doug Martell volunteered his time at Portfolio Day.
“I think it’s a great idea,” he said. “I think the kids need the exposure to what the job market will be like, and I think it’s invaluable to have some kind of baseline understanding of what it’s like to do an across-the-table interview with a prospective employer.”
Lt. Doug Wing of the EMU Police Department, who has a son at Scarlett, said the students always have interesting questions for him.
“They ask what education is required, what’s my favorite part of the job, how did I get into, and what would be important for them to do to get a job,” he said. “I like talking to them about what they’re interested in. It’s a great program.”
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