AG’s career week introduces Philly high schoolers to potential job paths

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Philadelphia high schoolers got a virtual look at real-world jobs as part of a career week program organized by the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General.

Students at 27 Philadelphia high schools attended video sessions earlier this week with professionals in various fields, including law, engineering, hospitality, sports and media.

“These folks have really, really cool jobs, and I would just ask you to open up your minds and your heart to hear them out and experience them,” Attorney General Josh Shapiro said Tuesday.

Brendan O’Malley, chief deputy attorney general for gun violence, told students in his Zoom breakout room about his career as an attorney.

“I would say political science is very important, really to just understand how government works,” he said.

Jose Quiles, a senior at Science Leadership Academy at Beeber, attended career week two years ago when it was held in person. On Tuesday, Quiles told his fellow students that career week was their opportunity to do some networking.

“You can make these connections,” he said. “You can meet these amazing people and you can become who you want to be.”

Next, Quiles is headed to Drexel University to study civil engineering.

“It’s a dream of mine, and I’m going to live it.”​