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Profiles in Hope: Life & Career Conversations
The goal of “Life & Career Conversations” is to expose students to alumni and other community members who want to inspire and motivate students by sharing their story, especially their career journey. Our desire is to give students hope. We want to help them visualize their futures as successful adults and prepare for those futures. The Life & Career Conversations sessions may be informal conversations or formal presentations with question/answer sessions.
Length: A typical session would last from 30 minutes to 1 hour, depending on student participation.
Audience: Students in grades 9-12. CTAE classes have mixed grade levels. You may also speak to middle school CTAE classes (grades 6-8).
Topics: Within the time allotted, please address the following:
- Please include high school academics, athletics, fine arts, organizations and clubs, and work-based learning experiences. We want to encourage students to take advantage of opportunities we have for them.
- Post High School Life & Career Journey and Advice
- Life lessons
- Career selection (academic major) and why you chose the career
- Education and training path
- Did you participate in job shadowing, internships, or apprenticeships?
- Highlights of your career/work experience
- Your Current Career
- Job responsibilities
- Work environment
- Important personal traits/qualities
- Work values
- Technical skills and qualifications required/recommended including licenses
- Job titles
- Career progression
- Related careers
- Trends in your field
- Rewards of being part of your field
- Advice/suggestions for someone who wants to enter your field
- Things you wish someone had shared with you while you were in high school that would have made your journey easier
- Student question/answer session
Visual Aids: Visual aids are encouraged. For virtual conversations, we will use Google Meet for video conferencing, and you will be able to share your screen. For face-to-face conversations, you will have access to an LCD projector to show a presentation, video, or pictures. We welcome the opportunity to see tools of your trade and anything else that will help students visualize your profession.
- Use plain language that students can understand. Avoid technical jargon.
- Encourage diversity, especially in nontraditional occupations and careers.
- Answer questions honestly. If you don’t know the answer to a question, say that. Let students know you will research and find the answer, if that’s possible.
- Encourage students to set goals. Let them know that with hard work, they can achieve those goals.
Google (Meet Video Conferencing): We are allowed to use Google Meet as our video conferencing solution. To join a meet, all you need is a Gmail account and a device with a camera. The teacher you are working with will share a Google Meet "Join" link with you to join the virtual session.
Volunteering: You may speak to students enrolled in any of our career programs: Agriculture, Food, & Natural Resources; Business & Computer Science; Early Childhood Education; or Health Science. If you are interested in doing a "Profiles in Hope" session, please fill out the volunteer form at https://forms.gle/m3Zm2XCCRoo9DhbLA. Types of information requested includes:
- Contact information, including email and telephone number
- High School Graduation Year and School (include location if not W-WCHS)
- Career program area you would prefer share with
- Brief life and career details
Profiles in Hope: Tiger Success Stories
We want our students to know that great people graduated from Wilkes County Schools and that those people have lead successful productive lives. The goal of the Tiger Success Stories poster series is to feature alumni in print/online who our students can look up to as role models. If you are interested in being featured, please complete the volunteer form at https://forms.gle/m3Zm2XCCRoo9DhbLA. You will be asked to share the following:
-W-W school activities and accolades
-Current work and activities
-Previous work and activities
-Additional information you would like to share
-Photos (Professional/in action at work; W-W senior picture; W-W student organization/sport/activity picture)
Example Tiger Success Story:
Other Profiles in Hope Volunteers needed for the following:
- One-on-one Career Conversations with Students
- Work-Based Learning Internship Partners (unpaid/paid)
- Career and Technical Student Organization Supporters/Competitive Event Tutors (FBLA/FCCLA/FFA/HOSA)
- Mock Interviewers
- Job Shadow Hosts
- Career Exploration/Career Fair Participants
- Student Mentors
- Program Donors
For More Information on Profiles in Hope, contact:
Dr. Alicia Finnell
CTAE Program Director