I am fortunate enough to be a part of an awesome initiative in Erie to prepare students for entering the workplace. Career Street is a comprehensive career exploration and planning program that links businesses, nonprofits, and schools to create experiences for students. Some of these experiences include internships, company tours, class speakers, career workshops and fairs. These kids have so much potential, it’s our job to help – and some time push – them along. Inspire them to do the great things WE know they can do.
If you know me, you know that I am dedicated to helping kids in my community; that is why it was such an honor to share my career journey. The idea is to share what I do and how I got there to help students interested in marketing and graphic design understand what their journey might look like. Plus, my job is super cool! I mean, I get to work with awesome businesses and create jenerate fun ideas. Talking about different journeys also show students that might be unsure of what they want to do, a potential career path that might be a good fit for them.
In January, I had the privilege of speaking on a panel with local experts to offer advice on career acquisition and retention in the business, marketing and information technology industries. It was rewarding to be able to share my thoughts alongside other experts in their fields and provide information to students that will help them secure a job in the future.
I believe that sharing experiences with our youth gives them the memorable experience of hearing how diverse our small community is and the stories of success that exist right here in Erie. I want to inspire hope in them that they can forge their own journey to success, be who they are and contribute great things in our community. I want them to know that they CAN kick butt in their futures.
It is important that our youth knows that we are there for them and want to help them succeed. They are hungry for knowledge and want to hear about the endless options life has to offer. I encourage you, if you have the opportunity to engage with students, go do it. Let’s be honest, they listen better to others than us parents. Share with them your story, offer them advice and help shape the workforce of tomorrow. I think it is especially important, in today’s challenging education environment, that we provide hope for students that they have only begun their journey to find their place in the world.