WATERLOO — In his 37 years as a truck driver, Raymond Barlow has traveled a staggering 4.5 million miles and has driven in 47 states, as well as Canada and Mexico.
Wednesday he shared his work experience with DeKalb High School seniors interested in a career in truck driving during the school’s Career Education Opportunities Day.
Rebecca Pfeffer, the school’s community connections specialist and high ability coordinator, reviewed a list of 25 different careers represented at the event. They included plumbing, accounting, pharmacy, the medical profession, city services, law, entrepreneurship, social work, physical therapy, veterinary medicine, dentistry, civil engineering, teaching and school administration and graphic design.
The school partnered with DeKalb County Learning Link to bring in professionals from the community.
“Students were asked to dress up and think about it as a job interview,” Pfeffer said. Students selected three careers they were interested in and met with the professionals from those fields.
Speakers shared information such as educational and continuing education expectations and opportunities in their professions, daily responsibilities and expected salaries and compensation.
As well as talking about his work as a truck driver, Barlow offered students the chance to look over his cab and demonstrated the “three points of contact” safety technique when climbing in and out of the cab.
“This is real-world stuff,” Pfeffer said.
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Written by Kathryn Bassett