Students at Schaller-Crestland High School had the opportunity to preview the job world during their recent career day - but these weren't necessarily your average 9-to5'er careers.
From choke holds to bull riding, to crime lab mystery-solving, students had the chance to sit in on eight talks presented by 23 guests who were at the school to share information about their careers and the educational paths needed to get there.
Students found the hardest challenge of the event to be deciding which of the speakers to visit.
KAYL radio sports announcer Chris Boeckman, Kristie Ver Mulm of KTIV news and KMEG sports announcer Travis Morgan represented the news media.
TaeKwonDo instructor Jennifer Brechwald and self-defense expert Doug Bass showed the students many moves that may be used as a form of exercise or life-saving.
The law enforcement side was also represented. Zach Chwirka, a forensic scientist with Sioux City Crime Lab; Judge Joel Swanson of District Court, court reporter Jane Smith; and police officers of West Des Moines Daniel and Molly Jansen.
For those interested in fast-paced sports, Allan Dessel, professional bull rider, and Ben Doehrmann, motocross rider, were on hand to talk about their fields.
John and Jay Irwin talked about hunting and fishing and Tim DeLance spoke on big game hunting.
Renee Strauss, conservationist, shared her outdoorswoman career, Julie Foreman told the students about massage therapy and Travis Jewitt talked about being a chiropractor.
Medical fields were represented by a Life Flight helicopter pilot and nurses from Mercy Medical Center and personnel from the Buena Vista Regional Medical Center. Doug Reis talked about the importance a fire fighter plays in any community.
And there were fun sessions presented by head chef at King's Pointe Ken Kochenash, beautician LeAnn West, crafts by Schaller-Crestland teacher Kari Limbert, scrapbooking by teacher Jackie Wandrey, flower arranging with Cheryl Gerry.
The career fair may have sparked some interest in those students who have not yet made the decision on what they want to do for a career and perhaps will spark some reconsideration among some of the students who thought they had their minds made up. Whatever the case, the event was a fun and interesting day for everyone, the students said. The staff thanks all the professionals who took time out of their schedules to come and visit with the students.