Cristo Rey’s Junior Career Day in March of 2020 concluded just hours before the school, and the nation, commenced a year of pandemic-related remote work and learning. Determined to give the Class of 2022 the same career readiness experience as their predecessors, Career Day 2021 pivoted this spring, both to a virtual setting and to a month-long series of programming - the first-ever Career Month!
Cristo Rey’s young advisory board, the Leadership Advisory Council (LAC), once again led the effort behind this annual tradition. With input from the College Counseling and Corporate Work Study Program offices, the LAC decided to focus programming on building up students’ professional profiles, notably and fittingly, their virtual presence. Since every Cristo Rey student graduates with four years of professional work experience, developing both resumes and LinkedIn profiles provided students a chance to tangibly mark and organize achievements ahead of college applications.
To that end, the LAC developed and led an interactive workshop on resumes and the basics of LinkedIn, with a dozen volunteers offering individualized coaching and feedback on students’ drafts. The volunteers encouraged students to think deeply on how to frame their CWSP jobs, service projects, scholarships, and academic successes. To build on their LinkedIn profiles, Cristo Rey excitedly welcomed a professional from LinkedIn to lead a follow-up workshop on best LinkedIn practices, straight from the source!
The final event of our adapted Career Month was a student Career Conference. Mimicking a professional conference, students were able to choose two of 15 breakout sessions to attend, each providing various college and career advice from a wide range of speakers. Especially exciting for the school and students, 12 panelists were alumni representing nine class years. These alumni volunteers included a respiratory therapist, an entrepreneur who started his own business, a “Big 4” consultant, and a marketing professional who leveraged her CWSP placement to land her first full-time position.
Overall, Cristo Rey (virtually) welcomed 40 volunteers across the three events, and we are extremely grateful for their contributions. If you are interested in learning more about the Leadership Advisory Council or sharing the work of Cristo Rey with your company, contact Taylor Sticha, Manager of Corporate Engagement.
Top photo: Latia Youngfountain from LinkedIn leads students in a "Rock Your Profile" workshop
Middle: The Latinx Business Resource Group from Grant Thornton, including alumna Hilda Carrasco '14, speaks to students about finding your 'amigos' at work.
Bottom: LAC member Allison Kirchner Ellis and fellow MD/PhD colleagues discuss the path to medical school and the various professional opportunities in the medical field.