Area professionals help students explore career options

Callisburg Middle School students Mikayla Cain, Olivia Gregory, Tay Gilbreath and Andee Housden look at issues of the Gainesville Daily Register Friday during a career fair. The students said they were interested in journalism careers.


Fifty area professionals took time from their day Friday to talk to students during a job fair at Callisburg High School.

Presenters included military recruiters, firefighters, law enforcement officers, real estate professionals, writers, public relations and marketing specialists and a funeral director.

Callisburg High School counselor Lisa Griffin organizes the fair every two years to give students an idea “what kinds of careers are out there beyond the walls of Callisburg High School.”

Cooke County game warden Darla Barr discussed her work as a law enforcement officer in the Texas Parks and Wildlife system.

As with most careers, the path to becoming a game warden requires dedication and hard work, Barr said.

Game wardens must satisfy physical agility requirements prior to attending a seven month long academy, she said.

They must also complete an application process which takes six months.  Even then there is no guarantee of a job, she noted.

For every 700 applicants, only about 40 will find work as game wardens.

Being able to complete the requirements for the job shows “determination anda true desire to do the job,” Barr said.

Barr has been a game warden for 24 years, she said.

Each presenter discussed his or her career during four different sessions.

High school and middle school chose sessions based on their interests in potential careers.

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