In the final REACH Job Training session for the year, students found out they only have an average of 30,000 mornings to wake up and live their dreams. So what are they planning to do with this time?
Well, the students had all day to reflect and exhibit their plans throughout the day.
Letting Creativity Shine Through
The “Finding Your Voice session gave students a chance to discuss different types of writing pieces – emails, texts, formal/informal documents, fiction, and cover letters. The group was split up into teams. The first team to grab the marker on the table had the chance to identify what type of writing sample the presenter read.
At the writing session, students were taught the difference between a business card and a mission statement. After seeing a few examples, they wrote ones for themselves. It gave them a chance to really think about the skills required for the career choices and the difference they wanted to make in the world doing it.
The students created vision boards in the “Passion and Purpose” session. The boards gave them the opportunity to map out what drove them to their career choices. They learned that you job position might frequently change in life, but your purpose and passions remained the same.
Gratitude goes a long way. It’s easy to look at any situation as good or bad. But if you want to be successful, you’ve got to look at everything as a learning opportunity. Students reflected on their own lives and wrote down how all of their experiences, even the ones they once labeled as being negative, were opportunities to be grateful for.
STEM put together a scavenger hunt. Different skills and careers were spread out throughout the room. Participants had to find the skills and match them up with the careers.
Put Your Plan to Work
In “Mapping Your Path Forward,” it was time to take a look at the journey instead of the destination. While most people think they’ll get a job and work it happily ever after. That’s not so prevalent these days. So, students were able to hear how Rusty McCarty, CEO of CustomED, made many career changes throughout his path. However, his mission still remained the same.
The students had their chance to present their community service projects in front of their peers and volunteer business professionals from the local area. After their three minute, timed, presentations, the volunteers asked the students more detailed information about their community service experience. They also evaluated the students on their presentations and provided suggestions to take their service projects to the next level.
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