Profiles in Hope: Life & Career Conversations & Tiger Success Stories

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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:

  • Introduction
    • 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
      • Pay
      • 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. 

Helpful Tips:

  • 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 Types of information requested includes: 

  • Name
  • Contact information, including email and telephone number
  • High School Graduation Year and School (include location if not W-WCHS)
  • Availability
  • 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 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:

Tiger Success Story 1 Todd Smith 1993


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 

CTAE Resources

CTAE Main Homepage

W-WCHS Online Career Development Center (accessible off campus)

W-WCHS Graduation Advisement Checklist (9th-12th Grade Academic & CTAE Courses Included)

CTAE Programs of Study & Career Pathways (click link for overview document)

CTAE Career Pathways, Course Descriptions, and Programs of Study

CTAE Course Registration Information

W-WCHS Work-Based Learning Program

Profiles in Hope: Life & Career Conversations & Tiger Success Stories--*Volunteers Needed*

Career Pathway-EOPA Testing Links

Career Aptitude and Interest Discovery Tools

YouScience Aptitude Assessment (accessible via the Infinite Campus SLDS portal)

Claim Your Future Game (Careers, Money Management)

Career Interests Game

Georgia's In-Demand Careers

Georgia's FREE Tuition Short-Term Programs for In-Demand Careers in Georgia = HOPE Career Grant 

Georgia's Hot Careers to 2028 

Georgia's STEM Careers to 2028

East Central Georgia Region In-Demand Careers to 2026

Georgia's High Skill, High Wage, High Demand Occupations List

Health Careers in Georgia Guide

Technical College System of Georgia

Georgia Department of Labor 

Career Exploration Tools

My Next Move - Career Exploration
  -Mi Próximo Paso - Career Exploration (in Spanish)

O-Net Online

Occupational Outlook Handbook

GPS For Success-The 16 National Career Clusters> Navigate Your Career Path to a Bright Future

Virtual Job Shadow - Career Videos  

CareerOneStop Career Exploration, Training & Job Information

CareerOneStop Career Cluster Videos

CareerOneStop Career Videos

Career Connections Videos (from PBS Learning)

CareerOneStop Industry Research Resources - Fastest-Growing, Largest Employment, Highest Paying

Industry Information - Overview & Outlook for All Industries

Career Videos by Industry

AgExplorer - Career Finder & Virtual Field Trips

Nursing Career Guides and Resources

Science Careers--Science Buddies

Science Careers--Biotech Careers

Careers Using Math

Art Careers

College Preparation

College Admission Test Prep. Resources 

Guide for the College Bound Athlete--NCAA Eligibility


Military Exploration

Military Career Exploration--U.S. Armed Forces


Dual Enrollment

Dual Enrollment Information (Georgia Futures)

Dual Enrollment Requirements for W-WCHS English 1101/1102


Paying for Your Education

Financial Aid Information and Resources

Local Adult Education Programs

Adult Education and Training Programs via Athens Tech. and Augusta Tech.


Now Hiring in Wilkes Co. Region

Employment Opportunities for Students & Community Members


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