Career Day! Inspiring the Next Generation with Frosting and Fondant.....and cookies

A couple weeks ago, I participated in the Rotary Career Fair for local high school sophomores.  The goal of the event was to inspire kids who are a bit unfocused on their career paths and hopefully spark some interest in a career they hadn’t considered.  I had a lot of  traffic at my table – and I don’t think it was entirely due to the fact that I was giving away chocolate chip cookies!

Steve Konopelski | Career Day 2015


I had some great conversations with the kids.  Many had no idea you can make an actual career out of baking and decorating.  I think that intrigued some of the kids who have a creative side.  Kids are so often discouraged from pursuing creative careers, which is really a shame.  If you’re willing to work hard and pay your dues, you can certainly find success in a creative career.

But I digress.

It was pretty cool to see kids consider what it might be like to be a pastry chef.  I wonder if we’ll see any of these kids on Food Network one day, maybe competing in Season 8 of Holiday Baking Championship!


Steve Konopelski | Career Day 2015

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