Who Do You Want To Be?
In celebration of Career Awareness Month, and to motivate students and get them thinking about their future, Horizon’s Guidance Department is holding a video/essay contest for all Horizon Charter Schools students.
Prizes will be awarded for first, second, and third place entries. The first place winner will receive a $25 gift card, and second and third place winners will each receive a $15 gift card. The top three submissions will be featured on the school’s website and highlighted in social media.
Entering is easy!
- CREATE: Describe your ideal career in a video or written essay.
- LENGTH: Videos must be a minimum of 1 minute but no longer than 5 minutes in length. Essays must be a minimum of 500 words and a maximum of 1,000 words.
- FORMAT: Videos need to be created in a standard video format (like mp4 or MOV) and uploaded to YouTube. Essays can be in any standard text format (e.g., Word, txt).
- SUBMIT: Email submissions to Horizon’s Guidance Department at email@example.com. For videos, please send just a link to the YouTube video. Written essays can be attached to the email or copied into the email body.
- DEADLINE: The deadline for submissions is Wednesday, February 28, 2019 at noon. Winners will be announced in March.
- Complete contest rules can be found here.
Stuck for ideas?
Try starting with one of these prompts:
- What attracts or interests you about this particular line of work?
- What do you envision yourself doing in this position?
- What level of education is required to obtain an entry-level position in this field?
- What steps can you take next to prepare for this career path?
Winners From Inaugural Career Contest
Need more inspiration? Here are the top three entries from our inaugural Career Contest:
First Place: Kaylie
Second Place (Tie): Emma
My Career of Choice
The career that I am interested in is a translator for the Japanese language. I didn’t always want to strive toward this career, though. It started about three years ago. At the time I was interested in SAT vocabulary books. I wanted to expand my vocabulary so that I could show off my knowledge of big words. After a while I got the idea to try learning a language. I was already learning new vocabulary on my own, and I had heard of the benefits of learning a language, so I went to Google to do some research.
I wanted to learn Chinese when I was younger. The writing always fascinated me and I was interested in the culture, plus Mandarin is the most spoken language on earth, so I looked into it. That was when I learned that Chinese was a tonal language, meaning that even the slightest mispronunciation could change the meaning drastically. It was at that moment I knew, that Chinese was not for me personally. Fingers crossed, I moved on to plan B. I Googled “Is Japanese a tonal language?” Luckily, it wasn’t. I still laugh about how such a small detail led me to be completely passionate about a different language then I might have learned otherwise.
After I made my decision, I asked my mom about helping me get some resources for learning Japanese. My mom, however gave the disappointing reply of offering to let me do Rosetta Stone the nest year. This frustrated me immensely, as I had already experienced Rosetta Stone for Spanish and found it difficult for me to follow. Being the stubborn person that i am, I replied by furiously scouring the internet for any free resources I could find. I searched Amazon for textbooks and workbooks, where my mom was kind enough to get me a simple workbook for learning two of the three different forms of writing; hiragana and katakana. I tried free audio lessons, videos, websites, but the internet alone could only get me so far.
Months passed and my mom had me signed up for Rosetta Stone. I learned a bit from it, but found it difficult to self motivate. Finally, a year later, I was able to sign up for a Japanese college class. The class helped me get much further than I ever would have gotten on my own. I learned vocabulary, grammar, and how to hold short conversations in Japanese. We practiced talking regularly with each other. A few months and a solid B in the class later and here I am.
I love the Japanese language. The culture fascinates me. Even the three different forms of writing that they use puts me in awe. I want to learn as much of the language as I can, so that I can start by perhaps teaching English in Japan and work my way up. I want to be a translator so that I can experience Japanese culture for myself, while still being able to cling to my western roots. I will continue preparing by learning more Japanese, and likely by getting a bachelors in business. It is my hope that through hard work and passion, that I can one day reach my goals.
Second Place (Tie): Joy
Ever since I was a little tot with a doll under one arm, a cookie in hand, and a milk mustache under my nose, everyone has asked me, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” And ever since I was a four year old, people have heard the stout “I want to become president of the United States!” coming from me. I want to become not only the president of the United States, but I want to go down in history as the first female president of the U.S. You can imagine what a shock I had when I heard that Hillary Clinton was running in the 2016 election! There are many reasons why I want to become the president, much agenda to complete to become president, and many assignments to carry out once I achieve presidency.
I want to become president of my country for several reasons. First of all, I believe it is my God-given duty to serve my country. Being president is one way of serving America. I also want to become president because I believe I can relate to the common man and accurately portray him in the grand scheme of things. I feel I can understand the average american’s joys, fears, dreams and worries and I would be able to make the wise decisions that each one of them would have made if they were standing in the president’s shoes. Most importantly, I want to become the president because I feel that with the support of my fellow americans, we would be able to resolve the issues that concern America and enter into the wonderful new age that is awaiting America. The list goes on and on, but these are the main reasons why I want to become president of the United States.
There are many steps I have to take to become the president of my country. First, I will have to prove that I am eligible by proving that I am a natural born American citizen, receive an education aimed at a political career, turn thirty-five years old, and live fourteen consecutive years in the United States before running for presidency. Next, I will have to form an exploratory committee, register with the Federal Election Commission, and declare my candidacy publicly through campaigns and rallies. Then I will have to do a bushel of things including raising money, winning all kinds of elections, attending the conventions of my party, running in the general election, and rocking the debate against my opponent. Finally, all I will have to do is win the election and be inaugurated as the first female president of the United States of America. All in all, I have plenty of work ahead of me.
When most people think of the president, they usually think of him sitting in the oval office, with his feet on the table, piles of paper resting on his desk. Although I admit I am guilty as charged for thinking similar thoughts sometimes, I know that besides his rights, the president also has many responsibilities. I understand that when I will be president, my country will depend on me resolve economic, domestic, and international issues, but with the help of my fellow citizens and by the grace of God, we will triumph in solving all of them. We will fight against unemployment, inequality, and poverty. We will unify our country, champion education, and fight for immigration rights. We will battle terrorism, take a stand in foreign policies, and strengthen National security, all with the wisdom of Solomon of old. To me, as president, the individual, as part of humanity, matters a great deal and I will strive to better the life of each man, woman, and child who lives in this country. But if anything were to threaten humanity, I will call upon my countrymen to take a brave stand against it. When I will be president, I will have my hands full!
There are many bases for my wanting to be president, there are many crusades I have to undertake, and there are many tasks for me to perform when I do become president. Becoming the president of the United States is my dream job and my goal.So don’t forget to vote for me when the 2040 election rolls around! Hopefully no other female runs for presidency before then!
Still have questions?
Contact Horizon Charter Schools’ Counselor Gabe Robert with any questions at 916-408-5200 ×5133 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
For college and career information, email Horizon’s Guidance Department at email@example.com or call 916-408-5200. Additional college and career information and resources can be found at www.californiacolleges.edu.
If student is under age 18, submitting an entry ensures permission has been granted by student’s parent or legal guardian and permission is given for Horizon Charter Schools to publish the student’s video or essay in whole or in part on HCS’ website and social media channels. HCS is not responsible for any delay, distortion, cropping, omission, etc. that may occur to entry as a result of uploading to YouTube or email. Please visit www.horizoncharterschools.org/career-contest-rules/ for a complete list of contest rules.