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Our High School Career Day Programs & Events

With over 20 years of industry expertise, The National High School Career Day Network (NHSCDN) is your trusted partner in creating unforgettable and student-focused career day programs. We offer wide-ranging options to meet your needs in the planning and implementation of a student-centered high school career day event.

Our High School Career Day Programs & Events

With over 20 years of industry expertise, The National High School Career Day Network (NHSCDN) is your trusted partner in creating unforgettable and student-focused career day programs. We offer wide-ranging options to meet your needs in the planning and implementation of a student-centered high school career day event.

“Thanks for giving us the opportunity to participate and thanks for all you do for these kids.”

Karen Mohr, Executive Director, Kerlan Jobe Orthopaedic Foundation

HIGH SCHOOL CAREER DAY EVENT COORDINATION

STAFF
TRAINING

Our programs include comprehensive training sessions tailored for program chairs, school administrators, and committees. Our team will be by your side at every turn, providing guidance and support to ensure a successful event that leaves a lasting impact on all involved.

INDUSTRY
SPEAKERS

We play a pivotal role in connecting your students with industry-leading speakers and fostering valuable school/business partnerships in your community. Collaborating with NHSCDN opens doors to enriching experiences for student growth and development.

COMPREHENSIVE PLANNING GUIDE

We provide a comprehensive planning guide meticulously designed to help your high school successfully develop, plan, and execute an inspiring student-focused career day event. Let our experienced and dedicated team help you transform your vision into reality.

Captain Marvin Jones, Pilot, Alaska Airlines Courtney Jones, College Counseling/Admissions, St. Bernard High School
Captain Marvin Jones, Pilot, Alaska Airlines
Courtney Jones, College Counseling/Admissions,
St. Bernard High School
Elisa Forni, Script Supervisor, NCIS Los Angeles Jordana Lewis Jaffe, Writer/Co-Executive Producer, NCIS LA John J. Downey, Special Effects, Motion Picture Industry
Elisa Forni, Script Supervisor, NCIS Los Angeles
Jordana Lewis Jaffe, Writer/Co-Executive Producer, NCIS LA
John J. Downey, Special Effects, Motion Picture Industry

PRODUCED BY NHSCDN

2024 El Segundo High School Career Day presented by NHSCDN
Video by Frank Meyer | © 2024 NHSCDN
2024 El Segundo HS Career Day Program Cover

PRODUCED BY NHSCDN

2024 Hawthorne High School Career Day presented by NHSCDN
Video by Frank Meyer | © 2024 NHSCDN
Program Cover 2024 Hawthorne High School Career Day presented by NHSCDN

PRODUCED BY NHSCDN

Lawndale High School Career Day 2024 presented by NHSCDN
Video by Frank Meyer | © 2024 NHSCDN
2024 Lawndale HS Career Day Program Cover

PRODUCED BY NHSCDN

2023 El Segundo High School Career Day Program Highlights Video
2023 El Segundo High School Career Day Program CoverProgram-Cover
Program Cover by ESHS students
Ashlyn Sze and Lauryn Hachiya

2020 EL SEGUNDO HIGH SCHOOL CAREER DAY

2020 El Segundo High School
Career Day Highlights Video
Filmed and Edited by

Thomas Davies and Zane Sant
2020 El Segundo High School Career Day Speakers and Student Committee
2020 El Segundo High School Career Day
Speakers & Student Committee

“It was a pleasure to interact with the students and share a bit of my wisdom! I think Career Day is very important at the high school level. It’s something I wish I had during my younger years for sure.”

Gabriele Canzi, Ph.D., Senior Manager of Scientific Research, Illumina 

STACKING APPLES

Keynote speaker Justin Brezhnev shared the following conversation he had with a student from the event:

Recently I gave the keynote speech at St. Bernard High School for their Career Day. During the breakout session, a student approached and asked me: “How do you find your passion?” I waited for a moment and thought about how to answer this question. As a person who is constantly juggling multiple passions and is still growing as an entrepreneur, how do I give this student who is ten years younger than me the right advice?

She realized my hesitation was me thinking of how to answer this question, so the student figured it might be too difficult!  Before she could utter a different question, my answer rolled out:

NHSCDN Co-Founder Steve Rappaport with former student and keynote speaker Justin Brezhnev
NHSCDN Co-Founder Steve Rappaport with
former student and keynote speaker Justin Brezhnev

Stack as many apples as you can onto your arms.

Then start walking forward. Apples will begin to fall off as your arms get tired over time, as the wind picks up, and maybe you’ll even trip on a rock as you’re walking. But that’s OK. The apples that you’re left with are what you care about. You’ll be full and have enough to feel safe. But there may come a time when you see an apple so beautiful, so ripe, so perfectly shaped fall from your arms and to the ground.

And you will stop. You will turn around and walk back.
You’ll be willing to sacrifice losing the apples you have in your arms
to pick up this beautiful apple

That is your passion.

St. Bernard High School Career Day
Highlights Video

St. Bernard High School Career Day Flyer
St. Bernard High School
Career Day Flyer

“I can’t tell you how invaluable this is. I just love that you are doing this. It is such an amazing opportunity.”

Cheryl Smith – Marketing/Event Consultant

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Unlock Your Students Potential:
Create an Unforgettable Career Day Program for Your High School

A Day to Encourage and Share Wisdom
 By Ron Sokol 

Originally published by South Bay Cities News, May 02, 2024

Steve Rappaport is a longstanding South Bay resident and the CEO and Co-Founder of the National High School Career Day Network. He emailed me an invitation to attend the Career Day Event at Hawthorne High School.

The language of the invite caught my attention: “Our mission is that every student who graduates from the Centinela Valley Union High School District is academically and emotionally prepared for post-secondary endeavors. The more exposure students have to career possibilities, the more informed choices they can make.”

But wait a second. I am going to give a career talk? What do I know? What guidance could I possibly provide?

Well, let’s consider the following: I have been a lawyer for over 40 years, taught for a while, and have written newspaper columns for the last 30 years. Maybe I could have some useful information. Maybe I could be of some value after all…

The list of careers for which speakers were sought was impressive and diverse, including persons involved with architecture, aviation, mechanical engineering, fashion, journalism, law, music, physical therapy, psychology, real estate, registered nursing, sports business/management, and web design/ development. This is not the full panoply of professions.

Many signed up. Indeed, a very impressive array of people. On March 27th, just past, we were provided a continental breakfast. Grace Yang, the dedicated Principal of Hawthorne High, welcomed all of us (this is the first Career Day there). She said, “We strive to help prepare our students for college, a career, and life itself.” 

Student ambassadors guided us to our respective rooms. Each of us gave up to three presentations over the morning to three separate groups of students. Specifically, we shared our experiences, lessons learned, and any useful wisdom we could provide to these young minds, these potential future leaders. We fielded questions and sought to both encourage and inspire.

Some utilized PowerPoint, some hands-on, and some engaged the students in question and answer. As an attorney, I divided the students into a make-believe courtroom, with one side arguing an issue, the other side arguing in opposition, and a jury to decide the outcome. I also discussed the real enjoyment, gratitude, and learning that comes from writing newspaper columns, including, of course, this one.

When our presentations were completed, we were provided lunch and given a nice satchel from the Centinela Valley Union School District (which included, among other items, a superb pen and a writing booklet). Career Day was (and is) quite an experience, for all concerned, and well worth the time. But how did this all come to pass?

The Career Day Network is a certified nonprofit organization. Its focus is to help high schools organize student-centered career day events. Quoting once more from the Network’s literature, the objective is to “provide resources to inspire students to find their passion, pursue further education, and set a direction for their future career paths.” Here is a useful online link: https://hscareerdaynetwork.com/faqs-high-school-career-day.

The back story is quite touching: Steve Rappaport was a teacher for many years at Beverly Hills High School. Among other roles, Steve served as the Director of Career Development and as Steering Committee Representative to the County Regional Occupational Program. After watching a group of classroom students being told about a career in medicine – and noting that hardly any were even paying attention – he became quite determined to improve the career information students would receive. Over time, Beverly High’s Career Day became one of the school’s most successful yearly events.  This dates to early 2000.

Steve retired in 2014. Then, one day he received a call from his former colleague Carter Paysinger, who served as the Principal of Beverly Hills High School for many years. Carter had since become the Executive Director of a small private school that was having enrollment problems. He felt a career day would help improve student learning. So, Steve coordinated the event in 2018. It is now 2024.  Many of us, from so many different backgrounds, participated in the wonderful and well-attended Career Day at Hawthorne High School. The laudable goal of helping to provide guidance and encouragement to the students continues. It felt very good to be part of this effort.

It would be interesting to learn if Steve Rappaport and his fine group of colleagues with the Career Day Network wondered “back in the day” what career paths they may take. Now, they enthusiastically seek to assist young people on their paths to a better and fuller life. Could you choose a better goal than that? I think they would say, “This is not simply our goal, Mr. Sokol. This is our passion. This is our mission!” 

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