Setting out to sea getting students on course for their careers

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SETTING OUT TO SEAGetting Students On Course For Their CareersWednesday, March 6, 13WHO WE AREStephanie Grimes@createdbystephEducator turned DesignerWednesday, March 6, 13WHO WE AREShawn Grimes@shawng15 years in IT:Web Dev, Cyber Security, Mobile App DevWednesday, March 6, 13PROBLEMHow do we help prepare students for careers and jobs?Wednesday, March 6, 13PROBLEMNot This! This!Wednesday, March 6, 13SOLUTIONInstill in students a sense of exploration and taking action on ones own behalf.aka Make!Wednesday, March 6, 13ROLES Students Educator Mentor/Parent Community Members/ProfessionalsWednesday, March 6, 13WHAT STUDENTS SHOULD BE DOING1. Inquire2. Do3. Promote4. Be Responsible5. PlanWednesday, March 6, 131. INQUIRE What jobs are in demand or will be in demand in the near future? What sort of education/experience is needed for those jobs? ROI - Return On Investment What other opportunities are available if I go down that road? The Inverse: If I get X degree, what jobs are available/in-demand?Wednesday, March 6, 13If I spend $100,000 on education, and this career only pays $30k/year, how long will it take me to pay back my student loans?Do I need to pay more to go to a more impressive school? Or can I make the same amount of pay with degree from a more affordable school?What if I get bored and want to change paths? How easy does my education or field translate?2. DO Practicing Skills Meet and network with people in the field / industry you are interested in Make peer to peer connections with other students who have similar interests to you Try new things, learn new things Dont be afraid to fail, make mistakes, or change your mind about what you want to doWednesday, March 6, 13Practicing skillsStart now, dont wait to finish school.Seek out or create projects that give you a chance to experience different career paths.Create a portfolio of related projects and keep track of activities you have participated in.There is so much information available on the Internet, I dont want to hear, Well I didnt have anyone to show meExample: Shawn learns to French BraidMake peer to peer connections with other students who have similar interests to youExample: Elsie3. PROMOTE Establish yourself as an expert. Website! Include resum and portfolio Social MediaWednesday, March 6, 13Establish yourself as an expert. Pose a question, find the answer, share the answer with others.Website!Theres no excuse not to have one., Tumblr, etc.Should include your resum and portfolio (but be safe, no address or phone numbers, just email and state)Social MediaUse Facebook, Twitter, Linked-in to network and share resources with professionals / peers in your interested fieldUse these tools as professional tools, ways to explore your interests and promote yourself Can be part of establishing yourself as an expert4. BE RESPONSIBLE Social Media Think about what Future You would say to Present You if they saw you post that. Find a mentor you trust Introduce new mentors/professionals/community members to your parentsWednesday, March 6, 13(This pertains especially to social media and website use.)Think of yourself as the professional you want to be one day - ask yourself whether or not that person would post what you are about to post on your website or social media network.Find a mentor you trustThis can be a parent, teacher, or community memberUse them to help you navigate through new opportunities and meeting new peopleIntroduce new mentors / professionals / community members to your parents. 5. PLANIf you are not planning for success, you are planning for failure.Wednesday, March 6, 13EDUCATOR Find and Invite Guest Speakers Offer extra help to students who may need help finding their path Introduce and use tools that students are likely to use in their future Wednesday, March 6, 13MENTOR/PARENT Find professionals to meet and talk to your student about their careers. The more diverse the experiences, the better. Knowing what you DONT want to do is almost as important as knowing what you DO want to do You may have to drive to the country, or the city, to find something different than what is local.Wednesday, March 6, 13COMMUNITY MEMBERS / PROFESSIONALS Reach out to educators, ask if you can visit and talk about your job. Volunteer with organizations who work with young people, lend yourself as a resource to them. Be patient but be persistent.Wednesday, March 6, 13Dont be intimidated if an educator cant use you right now. Sometimes educators are just trying to get things settled in their environment. Be persistent and be flexible. If one educator doesnt need your help, try another school in the area.RESOURCES LinkedIn Google/YouTube Twitter BmorePipeline.orgWednesday, March 6, 13TwitterExample: Matthews survey of Computer Science students.BMOREPIPELINE.ORG Open to community contribution Focuses on: Web, Mobile, Cyber Security and Digital Fabrication Provides: a list of mentors possible paths to get into those fields internship opportunities a list of local employers and companies in those fieldsWednesday, March 6, 13GET IN TOUCH Shawn Grimes @shawng - STEM Engine Technical Manager Stephanie Grimes @CreatedBySteph - STEM Engine Project Manager Digital Harbor Foundation @DHFBaltimore - DHF STEM Engine www.STEMEngine.orgWednesday, March 6, 13


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