Help me give my students a hard copy Personal Career Portfolio binder to be proud of when displaying their job search documents.
Bridging the gap between education and the workforce is crucial to the success of any high school student as they prepare to enter the real world. Students enrolled in our business course "Work-Based Learning: Employment Preparation" are eager to learn about the job search process and the necessary soft skills required to successfully obtain AND maintain a job. They see this as being a step closer to achieving their career goals.
During their senior year, students are required to participate in an internship for the chance to demonstrate skills learned in the classroom throughout their high school career.
Although afraid and a bit hesitant, seniors successfully navigate the real world of work with guidance from their teachers and support from their Personal Career Portfolios.
According to the Forbes website, “as amazing as the 21st century online world is, it cannot meet the human need for a hug or a handshake." Introducing yourself to an employer "face to face", providing a firm handshake and presenting a cover letter/resume (or portfolio) will always triumph over an email and e-portfolio.
Many times students in career-technical education courses don't see the value behind their learning until they enter the world of work. It may be years after high school graduation when these students realize the knowledge they have acquired when seeking employment.
Preparing high school students as young adults entering the workforce will provide them with confidence as leave our classrooms.
Having a portfolio highlighting their skills, abilities, accomplishments, and network of community members will pave the way to successful and fulfilling career.
Each student's portfolio will include the following documents they can be proud of: Resume, work permit, personal essay, transcripts, cover letter, job application, interview questions/responses, interview attire guidelines, achievements/honors, work samples, network list, and letters of recommendations.
Please help me in helping them "Achieve Great Things" and "Get a Job" successfully!
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