Career Connections: Student Resources
Soroptomist International Essay Contest Opens
Soroptomist International is a global volunteer organization that provides women and children with access to the education and training they need to achieve economic empowerment. In celebration of the anniversary of women's suffrage in the United States, Soroptomist International is sponsoring an essay contest. Students attending any high school in Connecticut and are ages 13 to 18 are eligible to participate. Essays are submitted by email beginning January 1 through January 15, 2020. See Ms. Carson for more information.Career Connections
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Hospitality and Tourism Panel Discussion
Grade 11 and 12 students are invited to attend this panel discussion. A professional from the hospitality and tourism industry will moderate a panel of four to five professionals who will help attendees understand the workforce requirements. Panel members will also help students understand what they can do now to plan for a successful future and will give pointers on getting hired in the field of Hospitality and Tourism.Career Connections
Mock Interview Workshop
Local business and industry human resources personnel want to help students gain job interview skills. Students may sign up for this valuable workshop to learn and practice interview skills. Space is limited. Priority will be given to Grade 11 and 12 students.Career Connections
Are you ready for career success?
Career Connections experiences offered at Westbrook High School give you the chance to:
- think about and explore possible occupations with businesses and industries that you may not have thought about;
- connect classroom learning to the real world;
- practice skills in real-world scenarios;
- develop soft skills (professionalism, communication, teamwork and initiative);
- observe professionals in action;
- create a network with potential employers; and
- develop and improve your personal professional branding.
Why bother? Because employers are looking for experience and training. In a recent nationwide survey of small, medium and large companies in the public and private sectors, employers were asked about attributes that influenced their decisions to hire a job applicant.* Did you know:
- 82 percent of employers say that completing an internship is very or somewhat influential in their decision whether to hire an applicant?
- 92 percent say that completing an internship in their industry was very or somewhat influential in their decision whether to hire?
- 77 percent of employers say that holding a leadership position in school or an extracurricular organization is very or somewhat influential in their decision whether to hire an applicant?
- 72 percent of employers say that being involved in extracurricular activities (clubs, sports, student government, etc.) in high school is very or somewhat influential in their decision whether to hire an applicant?
- 74 percent of employers say that having a high GPA in high school is very or somewhat influential in their decision whether to hire an applicant?
Participation in Career Connections activities help you develop employability skills and attributes employers are looking for.
Visit Ms. Carson to learn about opportunities to participate in:
- job shadowing
- industry/business informational panels
- mock interview workshops
- resume feedback forums
Ms. Carson can also help you learn about career pathways available to you. She can help you find business and community mentors for your senior project or your community service graduation requirements.
*Visions of the Future, Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation Research Findings, 2019.