This month’s REACH Job Training session kicked off with a lesson on public speaking – participants learned how to properly address their audience. And the rubber ducks made a return appearance! Teams were once again tasked with saving the rubber ducks by elevating them on their tables using only the materials provided. Sadly, some ducks were sacrificed, but it was a great way to get everyone’s brains into gear.
Next, participants were broken into groups to learn about service projects, the dos and don’ts of LinkedIn profiles, and the importance of using key points in writing. During the writing session, participants pulled out key points in an article, and create their own BuzzFeed-style lists. During the LinkedIn session, students were given actual examples of LinkedIn profiles from staff and alumni, and went over their strengths and weaknesses (Hint: no selfies).
There’s No “I” in “Team”
During the working lunch, participants vied to be hired to one of six teams. Each team is tasked with creating a nonprofit organization over the course of six months and securing donors, so hiring the right team members was important and tensions were high! Participants were hired, traded, and fired before the hour was done. Luckily, everyone was hired and the teams are well on their way to creating imaginative, successful nonprofit organizations.
After lunch, everyone’s teamwork skills were put to the test during sessions on STEM and prioritization. The session on STEM careers had students building bridges from blocks and straws to demonstrate the STEM skills needed to complete such a project. Likewise, the session on prioritization forced students to step out of their comfort zones and into the streets of Gotham City to help Batman prioritize and schedule his day with a life-or-death crisis or two thrown in. A lot was on the line, but everyone came through in the end!
A Career That Fascinates You
Great guest speakers have a way of grabbing our attention and having a lasting effect on the way we think. We were extremely lucky to have Dr. Branche, Principal Associate Director of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) and the Director of the Office of Construction Safety and Health. Highly charismatic and knowledgeable, Dr. Branche spoke about the impact science has had on her life both personally and professionally. She stressed the importance of working diligently for success and choosing a career that fascinates you.
The day ended with alumni-run presentations on internship basics and transitioning into the workforce as well as time for teams to brainstorm and reflect on the rewarding day they had. We will reconvene on March 8th for REACH Job Training round three!Share