Guam Service Members Show Middle School Students Career Options


Guam – Guam service members participated in the Jose Rios Middle School 6th Annual Career Day March 9.

Erin Guzman, career day coordinator, said the main purpose of the event was to give the children an opportunity to learn about the many job fields they can choose in the future.

“There is so many things these kids can do; so much potential in them – we are trying to have them explore that,” Guzman said.

Service members from Army, Navy, and Air Force along with the U.S. Naval Base Guam’s (NBG) Fire and Emergency Services joined the civilian workforce in educating the students about various employment opportunities.

Yeoman 3rd Class Christopher O’Neal, Joint Region Marianas community service coordinator, said he and a small group from his command participated to show students the many different jobs within the military.

“We are here to show them that there are many things you can do; so many jobs opportunities you can take to evolve your life and career,” O’Neal said.

Guzman said the students show a keen interest in military jobs and were excited that the service members were able to present at career day.

“The students request for them to come in every year so we reach out to our coordinators and teachers to get them to come in,” Guzman said. “We really do appreciate that.”

Piti Mayor Ben Gumataotao said the event was successful and thanked everyone who came to support.

“The event was successful because the children got to learn about the participants’ daily lives, the leadership that we have – I’m sure the children are appreciative of that,” Gumataotao said. “I want to thank the commands and the admiral for coming and helping the school on this day. They learned a lot not only through the military but throughout their lives.”