Lucia’s internship with ElewaTv, a multimedia platform and creative agency, was a perfect fit for helping her gain confidence in her abilities and explore careers that combined her interests in creativity, business, and technology.
“When I first started the program I was a little shy and the internship that I had was very creative,” she said. “As the internship went on, I feel like I got more confident in sharing my ideas and just working as a team member with everybody.” Her favorite internship memories were the times she could connect with her coworkers, either through collaborating on projects or simply socializing during meetings and enjoying spending time together. Based on her internship experience, she advises: “share your opinions and don’t be scared to make mistakes because we all do and we all learn from them.”More ↓
Ambitious and dedicated, Daiana applied to Futures and Options’ Career Essentials program because she viewed it as a valuable contribution to her future self. “It was a beneficial experience because I learned a lot, I grew a lot, and it helped me improve myself as well as my professional skills,” she said.
In particular, the workshop on time management strongly resonated with Daiana, as the students completed an activity called “Rocks, Gravel, and Sand” that uses the metaphor to help students define their priorities. “I’ve never done an activity like this before and it helped me categorize and see what I value more than other things,” she said. She also valued the mock interviews session in which she practiced interviewing and networking with professionals. “Those interactions and the feedback that they provided have helped me in the interviews I have done since then,” she said. “I kept those notes on what they said I can improve on and I still look back on them from time to time to make sure I’m presenting myself the very best I can.”More ↓
Tekla completed Career Essentials and later participated in a Futures and Options externship with Morgan Stanley. He particularly values the community of people that he met through Futures and Options, who were united by a common goal of career exploration and a desire to hone their professionalism.
“Having people who are just as motivated as you to succeed brings out the best in me, especially when I can collaborate with them,” he said. His favorite memory with Futures and Options was the concluding symposium of his Morgan Stanley externship, as he enjoyed seeing the creative ways that his fellow participants presented their final projects. He also valued the opportunities to learn about different careers and industries as they opened his mind to possible career paths to pursue. “Futures and Options definitely allowed me to start thinking about my future more critically,” he said.More ↓
Annette joined Career Essentials as a high school junior, seeking to gain college and career readiness skills and improve her public speaking. Practicing interviewing, networking, and public speaking greatly increased her confidence and proved useful when applying to Columbia University, which she now attends as a freshman.
“Learning how to phrase your strengths and weaknesses, whether it be your resume, elevator pitch, or interview, was something that really helped me and I continue to use,” she said. Annette also participated in the alumni mentoring program in which she was paired with a college freshman. Her mentor helped her navigate the college application process and offered insight into working in public health, which was something Annette was interested in. “I think it’s really good to have outside perspectives and to hear from someone who’s already applied to college and has a lot of knowledge to offer having been through that process,” she said.More ↓
Tarannum joined Career Essentials eager to learn professional skills, such as email and phone call etiquette, and how to maintain good relationships with peers and supervisors. “Learning how to effectively and professionally communicate on the phone or in email for specific situations is something I carry with me and I still reference those documents and lessons,” she said.
Tarannum also cited the Create-A-Company presentation, the hallmark final project of Career Essentials, as an eye-opening experience requiring her and her group members to consider all the different parts of a company in their project. “There is a lot about a company that I had never taken into account that we had to think about, such as employee etiquette, materials, and funding,” she said. “Create-A-Company was really impactful because it put the professional world into perspective for me.”More ↓