At Notre Dame Academy’s annual Career Week, students took time off from their studies to learn about their choices after they graduate. Students saw career-related demonstrations, practiced network building, and heard speakers help students in all aspects of choosing a career.
“It is important that our students are presented both the opportunity to engage with local leaders in an environment that where they can have a true conversation about career choices, expectations, and requirements needed to be successful,” said Anastasia Desmond, NDA Career Counselor.
Students chose to listen to a variety of speakers from list of professionals that were selected from the Toledo 20 Under 40 winners, local leaders, alumnae, and from careers where the students have communicated great interest. New this year was a Business Dining Etiquette Seminar and a Networking Boot Camp.
“In working with local businesses and leaders the common thread mentioned was etiquette and networking skills,” Desmond explained. “Our focus is to ensure that our students are equipped with the essential tools to be successful and understand how to conduct themselves in a professional setting.”
Mock interviews, body language awareness, a career track activity, speaking skills, resume and cover letter building were also included in the experiences. Another new initiative that NDA has implemented this year is all seniors are required to take attend LinkedIn seminar where they discover the importance of LinkedIn in their future career/internship exploration.
Students in grades 7th and 8th grade welcomed fashion designer, local celebrity and winner of Project Runaway Junior Maya Ramirez and Swanton High School graduate Stephanie Elton, Director of Social Media and Marketing Communications from the Toledo Museum of Art. According to Ramirez, finding a balance between school and designing is sometime difficult but school is always first. Students asked her how she became a contestant and if she still talks to anyone from the show.
This year’s high school speakers featured, doctors, nurses, financial planners, attorneys, air traffic controllers, entrepreneurs, professors, radio personalities, economists, architecture, and engineers.