Recently I talked about the race to find internships this summer for area high school juniors and seniors. What happens when you have a child who would like to find that perfect internship, but there’s one big problem… they don’t know what they want to do?
This is a common dilemma, highlighted by the fact that once they do narrow their focus on a specific profession, students are often ill-prepared for the work, both in and out of the classroom, required to pursue that career path. That’s where the 21st Century Education Foundation comes in.
Founded for the specific purpose of “enhancing Anne Arundel County Public Schools by mobilizing and coordinating the business community by matching available resources with the educational needs of students,” the 21st Century Education Foundation has developed career expos to assist students in learning exactly what it will take to get the job. Open to both middle and high school students in Anne Arundel County, the will be held Saturday, March 5 at in Glen Burnie.
Focusing on the goal of creating a quality workforce, students attending the Career Expo will have an opportunity to learn about job requirements and responsibilities from professionals in a variety of industries. Area businesses and government agencies will be on hand to offer advice and guidance through several different forums and workshops. Students and their parents will also be able to talk one-on-one with professionals who can offer suggestions as to which classes they should be taking now in preparation for entering a particular career, or what it takes to get and keep security clearance.
After taking a few days to digest all that information, juniors and seniors at Chesapeake and Northeast High Schools are invited to a with area businesses looking to fill open positions for the summer. in Pasadena will be hosting the event on March 8 from 5-7pm. Interested students must pre-register with their guidance or career connections counselors!
For both events, students need to keep in mind the ‘soft skills’ they have been taught over the last few years… dress appropriately, wear a big smile, strong handshake, take notes, do not text while talking with a prospective employer and take business cards from everyone you meet so you can send a thank you note the next day.