To keep Cristo Rey students engaged in professional development while in-person job assignments are on hold for public health concerns, the Corporate Work Study Program (CWSP) team has implemented extensive programming for students at every grade level. Most recently, Deloitte professionals joined in - leading a CWSP Speaker Series event for 30 freshmen and senior students who opted to participate.
The Speaker Series provides an opportunity for CWSP Partners to present to students on a topic they feel passionately about sharing. The Deloitte team focused their program on early career development and invited three professionals who are recent college graduates to serve on a panel.
The Deloitte team presented on the audit & assurance business and advisory businesses of the organization in relatable terms, noting that relationships with clients and team members are always at the forefront of their work. Freshman student Emily, who is eagerly awaiting the day when she can go to her first CWSP job, enjoyed hearing from the professionals, especially on how to pick a college major. Emily explains, “One thing I learned from the event is that you may have trouble deciding what you may what to study, but go with what you find interesting.”
Senior Alize asked questions during the panel and was impressed by the walkthrough of the data analytics process: “I think my favorite part was being able to hear them, one-on-one, about their experience in their workplace, especially because heading off to college you don’t know what to expect.” She added, “I want to major in business, and I think it was a great opportunity to ask and hear what they have to say and take their advice. I have a statistics class now, so it was interesting actually knowing what some of them were talking about when telling us about how they analyze data using a scatter plot or box plot graph.”
Cristo Rey is extremely grateful to have Deloitte, a CWSP Partner for more than a decade, share in creative student professional development during this mostly-virtual year. CWSP Partners like Deloitte are helping to prepare the next generation of Chicago’s workforce through this career preparatory programming.
Over the coming months, CWSP’s plans include expanding remote work opportunities, Microsoft Excel certification exams, and a career-prep module with opportunities for corporate partners to join in.
If you or your company would like to help, contact Taylor Sticha (firstname.lastname@example.org), Manager of Corporate Engagement.