Career Essentials is offered to middle and high school students who are interested in learning more about the work world. This career readiness program provides highly interactive group workshops with opportunities for students to practice and improve their interpersonal, communication, presentation, leadership and teamwork skills. The program also includes career exploration activities and field trips. Career exploration trips have included visits to New York City companies such as PwC, Twitter, and Gap.
Key Components of Career Essentials
Career Essentials workshops are held once a week for two hours. The program runs during the fall semester and again during the spring semester. Participants in the program learn interviewing skills, presentation skills, workplace etiquette, time management, resume writing, and have the opportunity to explore careers. Two career exploration field trips are included to offer students exposure to different career options. Students work in teams on a Create-A-Company project, through which they develop companies complete with mission statements, staffing plans, and marketing strategies. Teams present their companies during the final workshops.
Students are required to attend and be on time to all workshops and events that are part of the program. It is important to communicate in advance with the Futures and Options program staff if you have any schedule conflicts.
Who Can Apply?
Futures and Options offers two cohorts of Career Essentials, one for high school students and one for middle school students. Please click on the links below to find out about each of these cohorts.