Courtesy of Junior Achievement
High school students from all over the county will come together later this month for the opportunity to learn how to land their first jobs.
Junior Achievement’s Career Readiness Conference is presented by the Institute for Direct Marketing.
“Our hope is that the students who participate in the JA Career Readiness Conference will have a better vision of their future and perhaps even have a clearer idea of what they want to do for a living when they grow up,” shares Michael Gaffney, president of Junior Achievement of North Central Ohio.
The conference, with will be held March 20, on campus at the University of Akron, will feature two tracks for student participation. The first track, the Titan Track, will have students participate in a scholarship competition using Junior Achievement’s interactive online business simulation. The program allows students to see first-hand the impacts of their management decisions. The program is open to teams of three, and space is limited to the first 32 teams.
The second track, the Career Track, will have students explore careers in the STEM industries – science, technology, engineering and math. Participants will experience an interactive panel discussion, as well as mock interviews with local professionals. Space is limited to the first 48 students.
“Workforce readiness is the common theme among business leaders, education experts and community advocates, and Junior Achievement has been leading that effort since 1919,” Gaffney offers. “After this JA Career Readiness Conference, there will be 90 young people who have a better understanding of what it means to be an entrepreneur, to lead a business and what they’ll need to know to prepare for a job interview. More people with that kind of knowledge will be great for our community.”
The day will kick off at 7:00 a.m., with breakfast and registration. An assembly will officially welcome participants and kick off introductions, closely followed by an ice breaker networking activity. From there, participants will break into their prospective tracks for a series of 45- to 60-minute sessions. The event also will offer corresponding sessions for teachers.
“Our purpose as an organization is to inspire and prepare young people to succeed in a global economy, and the JA Career Readiness Conference is another way we can do that,” Gaffney shares. “We also hope to increase public visibility and let people know how Junior Achievement continues to evolve and change to remain relevant to today’s youth.”
For more information on Junior Achievement and their programs, visit their web site.