This fall at Mission Society was rich with empowering experiences for our students. In October, we hosted our Virtual Career Fair, which introduced students to new career paths and provided some tips on how they might pursue their chosen profession after graduation.
Career readiness is central to our work at the Mission Society. Through our Level Up program, we provide students with paid internships, job training, and trade certifications, and guide them through the hiring process - from resumé creation to mock interviews - so they can enter the workforce with confidence. But for many of our students, a pathway seems blocked until they see someone from their community navigate it successfully.
Connecting students with professionals helps expand their ideas of what is possible and break down the limiting beliefs that constrict their dreams. Speakers on our latest panel dropped some wisdom for job seekers that extends beyond how to nail a job interview. Here are a few key takeaways from the panel guests that were impactful for students:
Soft skills matter. Beyond credentials and experience, the ability to show empathy and kindness for others and work well as part of a team are invaluable in the workplace. Patience goes a long way in times of conflict, and people who are willing to listen to others before seeking to be understood themselves, often make a lasting positive impression on their clients and colleagues. As Maya Angelou said, “I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”
There are no rules. While many professions do require specific training or education, there are no rules for how to find work that feels right for you. Working in different fields always provides valuable experience, and sometimes doing something you don’t love can teach you just as much as working in a job you’re passionate about. The important thing is to look for the lesson in every opportunity and allow that to propel you into the next right thing for you.
Take your time. Few people stick with one career their entire professional lives. It’s ok to try different things, learn more about yourself in the process, and take a winding path to a job that feels like a good fit. Don’t feel pressure to be an expert right away, but do take every opportunity to learn new ways of doing things and reflect on what fits your unique gifts. Invest time in learning skills that will push you into the next phase of professional growth.
From gaining hands-on experience through internships to honing essential trade skills, our students are well on their way to becoming the leaders of tomorrow. As we move forward, the Mission Society remains committed to providing students with the tools, resources, and opportunities they need to thrive in their chosen careers.
Thank you for your continued support of the Mission Society’s mission to prepare students for success in their careers. Together, we are building a foundation for a future filled with achievement and opportunity.