On January 11, 2018 at PwC’s New York office, college student mentors from Let’s Get Ready’s College Access and College Success programs participated in a Career Intensive conducted by Early Stage Careers, an organization that specializes in helping recent graduates find jobs and internships. The students had all served as Coaches with the non-profit, helping their peers from low-income circumstances get into and graduate from well-matched schools.
The Career Intensive’s three sessions addressed personal branding, social media presence, best practices for resumes, business etiquette, and interview techniques. The event also included a complimentary networking site headshot session for the student participants, and concluded with an question and answer discussion.
“I am so happy this event was created!” says college junior Jodi Sterling. As a high school student, Sterling participated in Let’s Get Ready’s College Access Program, which provides free SAT prep and college admissions counselling. She is now an English and global studies double-major with ambitions of becoming a journalist.
“Because I attend a predominantly white, middle-class university, the opportunities offered by the Career Services department really do not cater to my needs as a first-generation-to-college student,” Sterling explains. “At the same time, I am competing for services along with students of a more privileged status.”’
While Sterling has been aware of resumes and interviews since college, she found that the Career Intensive provided clarity about the finer points on how to write cover letters, maintain a LinkedIn account, and tell her story. “At the end of the program, not only was I more prepared, but I had gained confidence in the process of putting myself out there,” she adds.
Let’s Get Ready’s Coaches are leaders and role models in their communities, and we’re deeply grateful that Early Stage Careers have provided them with additional tools to propel their careers.
Please enjoy these photos of the event: