Beveridge Middle School Career Day 2019

Beveridge Middle School Career Day 2019

It was my great pleasure to talk to students from Beveridge Middle School on Tuesday morning, February 12, 2019. I was among about a dozen presenters who shared our work experiences with twelve- and thirteen-year old students on Career Day.

After introducing myself to each class, I showed them around the Midwest Sound & Lighting website, and discussed the many ways in which Midwest Sound & Lighting can help people get their messages, ideas, and art across to audiences in every conceivable venue.

I displayed our project profile for recent work at Henry Doorly Zoo; specifically the Alaskan Adventure,

Beveridge Middle School Career Day 2019

African Grasslands, and the Scott Aquarium. The students seemed quite impressed to learn that we had installed and programmed much of the amazing technology that makes the Zoo so special, like the water features at the Alaskan Adventure, the “shortwave” audio at the African Grasslands exhibit, and the “magic pool” in the Scott Aquarium.

I talked about my career path, beginning as a young singer/guitarist who had to learn to operate sound systems of increasing complexity over my fifty-years of performing onstage. I mentioned some technical training that would be helpful for anyone considering an A/V career, and answered some questions for the group.

My message to the kids was meant to, hopefully, open their eyes, minds, and imaginations regarding their vast professional choices, and to shed light on good work habits in general. The students were, by and large, very attentive and well-behaved. I stressed things like punctuality, self-motivation, attention to detail, and the great need to be able to work with others productively.

After speaking to six groups of middle-schoolers, I left Beveridge Middle School feeling good about the young people who are our future. I thank Anna, the school counselor, for the opportunity to share my thought with the students at Beveridge. Good luck to all!

Peace, out-John Rogers