Herkimer County BOCES students were given an opportunity to learn about a number of different careers with the New York State Department of Transportation. In addition to the career choices, they also learned a bit about economics. Rick Reid is the Heavy Equipment Teacher at Herkimer-Fulton-Hamiltion-Otsego BOCES.
"Some kids they just look at how much money I’m going to make, and they don’t look at the paid time off, and vacation time, and benefits, and then you know just your retirement 30 years down the road."
Some of the D.O.T. workers stressed the importance of long-term planning even though Brian Janis, Assistant Director of Operations for the NYS D.O.T. believes many students likely have one thing on their minds.
"At their age that’s the last thought. You know they’re more interested in how much money they’re going to make."
College might not be for everyone, but Rick Reid knows students here are learning when it comes to vocational jobs, the sky’s the limit.
"College isn’t for everyone, and I think with them going into the career field, coming to BOCES and learning a career or a trade, then they’re able to move into good jobs right out of High School."
Allen Parker is a Heavy Equipment Student from Mohawk. He is thinking about the almighty dollar first.
"Like I can get paid $23 an hour possibly after leaving here. Somewhere around there."
Others like Poland Auto Tech Student Ryan Calhoun were thinking more about what their time is worth off the clock.
"People are focusing on what they can do with their life. Like after their work, or what they can do with their family."
Poland Heavy Equipment Student Hunter Gilman thinks those long-term goals are becoming a part of today’s job demands.
"The health benefits, and just retirement benefits. People are going to retire later more and more, so it’s a really good opportunity to have like the benefits ready and there for you."