The annual St. Thomas More School career day is quickly approaching. Parents visit seventh and eighth grade students at the Southwest Portland school to share information about their jobs and the educational paths they took to earn them. 

Career day has become an anticipated part of the school’s Student Advisory Program. Students review the career profiles being offered and rank their top meeting choices.

“Career day is a great chance for the students to learn more about things that might inspire them, and a wonderful way for the teachers to get deeper insight into a student’s passions,” said Kristin Tufo, director of the Student Advisory Program and a science teacher.

“We can have more meaningful and tailored conversations with our students when we are able to dig deeper like this. It is also a great way for the parent presenters to connect with their kids and their kids’ peers in a new way.”

One parent told school staff that her son got in the car after school and let her know that he wanted to work in commercial real estate when he grew up. “She didn’t even know he knew what commercial real estate was!” said Tufo.

Katy Smith, principal of St. Thomas More, said she’s thrilled with the career day visits. “We have such an amazing community and are always grateful when our parents step up to partner with us in the school environment,” she said. “We have many goals for our graduates and career day helps our students to visualize those goals in a more realistic way.”

Past career presentations have included a chief financial officer, artist, dentist, architect, mathematics professor, physician and gastroenterologist, accountant, baseball coach, psychiatrist, ophthalmologist, marketing consultant, and attorney. And, of course, the commercial real estate broker.