Looking for career ideas? You’ve come to the right place

About 9,000 students attend MiCareerQuest 2018

The da Vinci Surgical System Holland Hospital brought to CareerQuest showed students how a doctor does surgery away from a patient, by using a computer to control robotic arms that hold surgical instruments
Nicole Scheid and Avery Smith from Northview High School got to see what diagnostic medical sonographers do, when Nicole used an ultrasound device to look at Avery’s arm

Students searching for the answer to the big question of what career to pursue got some big help this week at MiCareerQuest 2018. The event at the Devos Place exhibit hall gave about 9,000 middle school and high school students hands-on opportunities to check out everything from running a robot to operating an ultrasound machine.

Students from several West Michigan school districts attended the fourth annual event, where representatives from area health, construction, manufacturing and information technology businesses talked to them about dozens of career choices in the area. Lured into displays by always-popular giveaways — this year surgical masks and sunglasses were big hits — students picked up a few freebies, but also came away with new ideas about their future career choices.

Linda Odette
Linda Odette is a freelance writer and editor with more than 30 years of experience in journalism. She’s worked primarily as an editor in feature departments at newspapers in West Michigan, including the Grand Rapids Press, the Muskegon Chronicle and the Holland Sentinel. She lives in East Grand Rapids near the Eastown edge, has a teenage son and a daughter in college. Read Linda's full bio

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