by HARSHAWN RATANPAL | special to 92128 Magazine

New RB High Career Panels

Many high schoolers look to the future burdened with uncertainty. With so many career paths to choose from, it can be difficult for students to decide which one they ultimately commit to. To help them gain a deeper understanding of different professions, Rancho Bernardo High School has instituted a career panel program.

Holding a panel nearly every month, the Parent Teacher Student Association (PTSA) has already held three since the new school year began. The medical field was the first career path highlighted in September, followed by the military in October, first responders in January, and small business in February.

The career panels are open to all grade levels and take place in the Library Purpose Room on campus before school on Wednesdays. While one may think that having them early in the morning causes an inconvenience for students hoping to attend, school at RB High starts later on Wednesdays, so the panels actually begin when school would start on any other day. At the panels, volunteers, who are often parents of students, tell about their experiences in the profession, and answer any questions students may have.

Darlene Dunn is the head of the PTSA, and she hopes that the program assists students in making decisions that will impact their whole lives.

“We wanted the students to know that there are lots of different paths to take after high school,” Dunn said. “And that a lot the choices and decisions that they make now will affect their future and that there are so many different opportunities. What they may be interested in now may be different in the future, but nevertheless, there is a huge horizon of options for students.”

For the remainder of the school year, the PTSA is hosting two more career panels. The education and engineering fields will be highlighted on March 13 and April 10, respectively.

Harshawn Ratanpal is a junior at Rancho Bernardo High School. He is participating in an internship program with 92128 Magazine.