Career Day 2019

Lanier Middle School Career Day FAQs

What is the schedule for the day? 7:30 a.m. – 10:10 a.m. on Wednesday, November 6th, 2019


Check-in, setup, and light refreshments in library


Session 1


Session 2


Session 3 


Presenter group photo in library


Lanier Middle School

3801 Jermantown Road

Fairfax, VA 22030


What is the format? Participants present 3 times for 30 minutes in a classroom setting with a staff member. After the first presentation, a new group of students will arrive, and presenters repeat the presentation a second time. After that, the third and final group will arrive. Presenters stay in the same room, and student groups rotate through.

What is the audience? All 7th and 8th graders will participate totaling just over 1,000 students. Students range in age from 12-14 and sign up to attend presentations they are most interested in. Most presenters will have groups of 20-30 students. If your session is high interest, you may be placed in a larger room to accommodate more students.

How will the students interact with me? Students will listen to presentations, likely knowing very little about your career. Plan to present for 20-25 minutes of each 30 minute time slot. You could cover what you do, what a typical day is like, your skills, and your education/training. Feel free to show demonstrations or make your presentation interactive, whatever you prefer and fits your presentation style. Leave 5-10 minutes of time for students to ask questions.

What should I bring? Middle school students are very visual, so bringing a display of what you use in your career will strengthen your presentation. A display could include work samples, photos, tools, laptop presentations, uniforms, tri-fold posters, etc. A screen and projector will be provided for you, should you want to show a digital presentation. Wireless Internet is provided. If you plan to show a digital presentation, please bring a laptop with a VGA port (which fits cords that connect to projectors) and the presentation on a flash drive.

What if I need help? A staff member who is used to working with middle school students will be in the room with you to assist with setting up technology and managing students.

Will there be coffee? Of course! Light refreshments will be provided.

How do I sign up to present? Submit the Google Form to register as a presenter. Participants will receive email confirmation within one week of submitting the registration form. Another email with final details (including a map and parking info) will go out by Friday, November 1st.