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Olympic Hosting Career Speed Dating Event on March 26

(February 28, 2015) The Olympic Community of Schools will be hosting a "Career Speed Dating" event where 50 to 75 professionals will spend about 90 minutes speaking to teams of 3 to 5 teens in about 5 minute segments. Students rotate after each 5 minute segment. Olympic is looking for volunteers who can speak to the students about their experiences in the workforce and help prepare them for their futures.

If you can help, please contact Mike Realon at 980-343-3800 Extension 4006163 or  michael.realon@cms.k12.nc.us as soon as possible.

Speed Career Dating

A Career Awareness Initiative – Helping Teens See a Pathway to Success

 Date:  Thursday, March 26

 Time:  7:45 AM – 8:45 AM  

 Occupations Requested:  All

 Volunteer Responsibilities:   Professionals will speak to a team of 3-5 students for about 5 minutes.  Then a new team of students will come to your table.

 Possible Topics that can be covered:

  • Present Occupation
  • Your Employer and what it does
  • Your industry sector and the opportunities it offers
  • What you do in your job – Responsibilities
  • Education Needed to perform your job
  • Why you chose this profession
  • Work Environment
  • Compensation Range and Benefits
  • Future Outlook for your profession and/or industry sector
  • Important skills / traits that you feel are important to become successful (i.e., soft skills, critical thinking, problem solving, communication, creativity, etc.)
  • Describe the road you took to get where you are at today (other experiences or jobs)
  • What you like most about your profession/job … What you like least.
  • What advice would you want to share with high school students who want to be both successful and happy as adults.

Four million jobs are unfilled in the American workplace due to a skills gap created by a misunderstanding of 21st Century workplace needs. Last November the Olympic Community of Schools collaborated with local business professionals to expose its students to a vast variety of careers and their prerequisites by using a “speed dating” format. About 50 professionals took turns meeting individually with small groups of students to answer questions about how to obtain successful careers. This was part of the school's strategy for developing “career ready” students.

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