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An Unforgettable Trip to Unilever

Futures and Options Board Member Katherine McDonald Finn introduces Career Essentials students to Unilever volunteer panelists.

On December 20th, our middle school group of Career Essentials students took a field trip to the Unilever corporate campus in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey. Unilever, one of the world’s largest consumer goods companies, offered 18 students the chance to explore a multi-national company with locations across the globe.


The students were greeted in the Unilever lobby by Futures and Options Board member Katherine McDonald Finn, who provided a tour of the building as she led the group to the conference room. Along the way, the students saw showcases of several Unilever products, including Axe Body Spray and Dove Shampoos. From there, it was a short trip to the Unilever test kitchen, to see the space where food products are constantly being developed.

Once in the conference room, students heard from a panel of professionals, including representatives from the sales, logistics, and human resource management departments. The panelists offered career advice and spoke about the day-to-day experience of working at Unilever. Finally, the students broke into groups and worked with panelists to create marketing strategies for different Unilever products.

On their way out, each student received a gift of various Unilever products; several students could be overheard saying “I want to work here!” as they walked out the door. Thank you, Unilever and F&O Board member Katherine Finn, for a wonderful trip!

If you are interested in hosting Futures and Options for a career exploration field trip, please contact Joanna Munoz, Strategic Partnership Manager, at jmunoz@futuresandoptions.org or 212-601-0002.


Inside Deloitte: The Students' Perspective

Deloitte's Frank Colombo advises Career Essentials students Genesis Castro and Tamara Drame.

By Cindy Neri and Stephanie Baichu, Career Essentials Interns, Fall 2012.


Futures and Options’ Career Essentials high school students took a walk to visit Deloitte’s World Financial Center on November 26, 2012. Deloitte is the largest of the “Big 4” accounting firms,  with almost 200,000 employees worldwide.

Our high school students were given the opportunity to learn a few things about some of Deloitte’s employees through an ice breaker called Two Truths and a Lie. Our students learned that one of the employees has testified before Congress and jumped out of an airplane. How cool!

Students were then given a tour of the office. The office is really big so they didn’t get to see the whole thing. Some employees make use of perks, like the two fitness centers, so they can get a quick workout before or after work. 


After the tour there was a panel in which our students asked questions like “What is a typical work day at Deloitte?” “Do you travel to different places?” and “What puts Deloitte in the Big 4?”  If you think people who work in the accounting field have mundane work lives, you are wrong. Deloitte volunteers taught our students that it’s never too late to figure out what you want to be in life. Some employees have degrees in subjects that have nothing to do with accounting, such as dance and drama. Some employees still don’t know what they are ultimately destined to do.


Our students all enjoyed the visit and are grateful for those who stayed to show them around, answer their questions, and help them realize how an accounting firm works.


Thank you Deloitte, and thanks to the individuals who helped arrange this visit: Futures and Options Board Member Jon Lamphier and Deloitte's Christine Wade!



To learn more about Career Essentials, please contact Matt Ellis at mellis@futuresandoptions.org or call 212-601-0002.

Futures and Options On the Road: Career Readiness Workshops

Are you looking to boost your teens’ knowledge about the professional work world?  Would your youth benefit from learning work-readiness skills and exploring careers?

If you would like to expand your youth programming to include career readiness and exploration, Futures and Options can help by providing specialized workshops where your teens can learn the importance of  topics like financial literacy, time management, and career exploration. They can discover the intricacies of writing resumes, the rules behind workplace etiquette, how to set goals for their future, and more.

Our On the Road workshops can be tailored to meet the individual needs of middle and high school students. Ranging from just one workshop to a whole series, our programs are fully customizable and adaptable; you have the flexibility of designing a program that truly meets the needs of your youth.

If you would like more information on specific workshops, or would like to schedule a workshop, contact Joanna Munoz, Strategic Partnerships Manager, at jmunoz@futuresandoptions.org or call 212-601-0002.


Welcome to Our New Program Coordinator!

We are thrilled to welcome Clare Harwood as a Program Coordinator on our team.  After graduating from Kenyon College in 2003, Clare obtained a Master’s degree in English Education at Columbia Teachers College.  She then spent several years teaching English Language Arts to middle and high school students in the New York City Public School system. This experience solidified her commitment to education and career development for underserved youth.


Most recently, Clare returned from Port-au-Prince, Haiti, where she served as the Director of Education Programs at the NGO We Advance.  There, Clare conceptualized and implemented an English and Empowerment program for young women and men in the neighborhood.  She developed a curriculum that focused on health, safety and civics and assisted students with job and career opportunities.  In an effort to make the program sustainable, Clare trained Haitian staff to teach the classes and later direct the program.  It is now entirely Haitian-run. Clare is looking forward to working with our team and the students of Futures and Options.



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